Protecting intellectual property


What is Intellectual property?

Intellectual Property (IP) can be described as the novel or previously undescribed tangible output of any intellectual activity.  It has an owner and can be bought, sold or licensed and must be adequately protected.  It can include inventions, industrial processes, software, data, and written works.

In general, innovations that have been developed in the course of your employment/normal duties will be owned by your employer.  The rules of ownership can be complex.  Ownership may be affected by funding received for work that led to the innovation.  Each Trust will have an IP Policy, which should have been incorporated into your terms of employment contract. We strongly recommend that you seek advice if you are unsure.

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