Edinburgh Innovations

Inventions and intellectual property

EI has the expertise to guide you through the process of protecting your intellectual property and ensuring a successful translation to market.

Disclosure of inventions & discoveries (secured)

If you believe that your latest idea, discovery or invention has a practical application, EI's experienced business team can help you exploit commercially valuable research results.

Understanding intellectual property (secured)

Intellectual property rights (IPR) form the basis of protection for research output and provides an incentive for further investment in the science, technology and innovation produced by the University.

Patenting your inventions (secured)

The decision whether to patent a new idea, discovery or invention is made after evaluation and due diligence of the invention disclosure and based on commercial potential of the invention.

University policy on intellectual property

The University and EI have established various policies on intellectual property, including the commercial exploitation of research, student intellectual property rights and essential medicines.

Frequently asked questions (secured)

We have collated answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about inventions, intellectual property and patenting.

Meet the team

University staff who think they have a new idea, discovery or invention should contact EI as soon as possible to discuss intellectual property rights and commercialisation options.

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Commercialising your research

It is University policy to promote the commercial potential of any new ideas, discoveries or inventions arising from your research and has an established commercialisation process for transferring them to industry through EI.

Commercialising your research