Intellectual Property (I.P) 


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Introduction to IP

  • Intellectual Property describes a wide variety of property created by scientists, clinicians, inventors, authors, artists, and musicians. The law of intellectual property typically encompasses the areas of Copyright, patents and trademark law. Intellectual Property rights allow the IP owners to protect themselves from infringement, or the unauthorized use and misuse of their creations.


  • New inventions and products might include novel treatments, medical devices, equipment, diagnostic tests, educational and training material, questionnaires, software, management systems.


  • The Department of Health (DoH) places a duty on NHS Organisations to audit, protect and exploit Intellectual Property (IP) in order to improve patient care and wherever possible generate income, and to ensure that IP generated by all NHS employees is managed as effectively as any other NHS asset. However, it is recognised that the management of IP is a specialist task and that, unless formal procedures are in place and followed, there is a great risk that benefits due to the NHS will be lost.


  • IP created by those working in the course of normal duties at the Trust, including students and those funded partially or wholly by third parties, will belong to Trust unless agreed otherwise.


  • As recognition and reward for creative energy and innovation the Trust will grant employees who create commercially exploitable IP a majority share in revenue received from that IP. For IP that is not commercially exploitable, the Trust will endeavour to make that IP is freely available for the benefit of NHS staff and patients.

New Training Opportunity in IP

  • Intellectual Property/Innovation Workshops: Health Enterprise East are very keen to come and meet colleagues who may have an idea, want to know the next steps should they have an idea or what to do in relation to Intellectual Property etc…. With this in mind I would love to hear from you or colleagues to organise “Innovation Briefing Events” we’d also be keen to attend with our innovation stand showcasing a number of innovations from colleagues at our Member Organisations.

     If this is of interest please contact Christopher Armstrong at Health Enterprise East on 01223 928 041

  • Contact Us

          For further information please contact the Trust's IP lead:


Some frequently asked questions about Intellectual Property (IP) and inventions management.

Q. Who is the Trust's IP Lead?

A. Dr Victoria Hughes:

Q.  I have an idea/innovation, who do I speak to for advice?

A. Please contact our IP advisor, Dr Vikki Hughes, before any public disclosure such as publishing papers or presenting your idea at any public event. You cannot patent an invention if you have already publicly disclosed information about it.

Q. How can I protect my idea/innovation?

A. It is critical that you keep all information regarding your idea confidential. New ideas and innovations can be protected via patents, copyright, trade mark, design rights. We will advise you on the best route to protect your intellectual property.

Q. Who owns my idea/ innovation?

A. Usually the innovations that have been developed in the course of your employment are owned by your employer. An Intellectual Standard operating procedure which details ownership and revenue sharing is available here.  

Q. Who should I contact about IP and Inventions Management?

A. For an initial discussion about how we can help and Innovation Disclosure Form please contact


IP Policy

Further detail is available in our IP policy which can be viewed here

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