Industry and the NHS working collaboratively

In any collaborative project with an NHS organisation, it is essential that appropriate agreements are in place to ensure that any intellectual property developed during a project is managed correctly.

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This is particularly important when working with a clinician/clinical team to develop or trial a new device or technology and where new Intellectual Property might be developed. From the perspective of international patent laws it is important that Intellectual Property ownership is correctly attributed as stating inventorship or ownership incorrectly on a patent application could lead to that patent application being invalidated later in the process, particularly under US patent law. Given that UK employment law states that Intellectual Property is owned by an employer (NHS Trust) rather than an employee (individual clinician), it is therefore vital to get the necessary agreements right and for a collaborative agreement to be signed off by the right person in the organisation.

As well as helping to identify suitable clinicians for you to work with, Medipex can help ensure that the right collaborative agreements are in place with NHS organisations for you to ensure that your rights are protected and that provisions are in place for the commercial exploitation of any intellectual property that might arise.  This is particularly important where NHS NIHR grants (e.g. i4i) are being utilised for a project and the NHS party may have rights to ownership of IP developed as part of that project through the terms and conditions of funding.

Visit our working in collaboration page for more information.