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Intellectual property (IP) can take various forms, including tangible (eg materials) and intangible (eg know-how) matters and can arise from educational and scientific research projects, research collaborations, consultancies and teaching activities. Typical IP arising from St George’s include:

  • new biological reagents, drugs, medical devices, diagnostic procedures or therapies (patentable inventions)

  • software, medical questionnaires, teaching materials or training manuals (copyright-protected inventions)

  • know-how around new clinical findings and methodologies (protected through secrecy, called trade secret)

  • databases for clinical and population data (protected through database rights).

Protecting your intellectual property

An appropriate IP protection strategy is vital to enable a successful technology transfer process. Different protection mechanisms are available depending on the type of IP. Each protection mechanism has different legal requirements in order to come into effect. Therefore, if you believe you have invented a piece of technology that is commercially valuable, you should talk to the JRES Enterprise and Innovation team first before you publish or present it at a conference.

Importantly, IP protection does not prevent or exclude publication but will need to be carefully timed. For example, an invention is no longer novel if it has been disclosed publicly and cannot be patented anymore. The JRES Enterprise and Innovation team provides IP protection advice and service.

Intellectual property support in grant applications and research agreements

If you have any queries on writing IP statements for your grant applications and/or any IP queries about your research agreements, please contact us


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