Guide to IP Protection

ip-protection-guide2If you are an inventor, a potential manufacturer, partner or financial backer wanting to dicuss your idea with the WoundTec HTC, it is important you protect your idea.

If you wish to divulge an idea that might be patentable it is important that the idea is not divulged into the public domain. If you tell even a single person about your invention before a patent application has been made it may mean that no patent will be granted and leave you with no rights.

This is why it is important to consider whether you need the protection of an NDA or CDA BEFORE you share your ideas or information.

What is a patent?
A patent protects features or processes that make your product work. If a patent is granted it prevents others from making, using or selling the invention without their permission. The period of protection is 20 yrs from the date of filing but this can be extended for a further five years to protect drugs (patent term restoration”).

In the UK a patent must:

  • Be new
  • Have an inventive step that is not obvious to someone with knowledge and experience on the subject
  • Be capable of being made or used in some sort of industry

CDAs and NDAs:
A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) are interchangeable terms used to describe written agreements which record the conditions under which you disclose information or ideas in confidence. If you want independent advice about NDAs or CDAs please click here to contact the WoundTec HTC team.

For more detailed information on protecting your invention read the information from the Intellectual Property office (http://www.ipo.gov.uk/nda.pdf).

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