When a member of the public donates to a charity, they trust the charity to spend their money in a responsible way and to consider how to make the best possible impact for patients. This can often involve protecting research discoveries and taking advantage of intellectual property (IP), which stops others from copying their designs or processes without consent or payment.
IP protection falls into four categories:
Patents and trademarks need to be registered, copyrights and design rights do not.
Our guidance on IP terms and conditions provides a framework for charities developing their own policies and processes to help them protect their right to IP and to income generated, so that they can use it to fund further vital research.
This best practice manual expands on and supports the guidance.