Keeping research, other information or results confidential can be essential in commercialising your research and ideas and is particularly important in the early stages of research where commercial potential may not yet be apparent. RIN can help you manage confidential information by offering advice and arranging Confidentiality Agreements.
Request a Confidentiality Agreement or to find out more about confidentiality.
Before you publish
It is important to contact RIN before any idea with commercial potential is disclosed publicly as the opportunity for obtaining a patent can be lost by premature publication of research. In patent terms, publication means anything which has been made available to the public anywhere in the world by written, or oral description, by use, or in any other way.
Find out more about protecting your ideas before you publish.
Keeping a Lab Book
A well kept laboratory notebook (lab book) is the best way to demonstrate the date of an invention. In a dispute lab books may be required to be presented as legal evidence therefore it is important to abide by good practice in keeping a Lab Book.
Further information about keeping a Lab Book.
Material Transfer Agreements (MTA)
A Material Transfer Agreement is a legal contract that governs the transfer of a material from the owner to the researcher and organisation wishing to use the material for research purposes. A Material Transfer Agreement is required for all material transferred in or out of the university to third parties. Researchers are not permitted to sign Material Transfer Agreements which must be approved and signed by authorised personnel within RIN.
Request a Material Transfer Agreement or to find out more about Material Transfer Agreements.
Intellectual Property Information
For information about Intellectual Property and formal protection of Intellectual Property via Intellectual Property Rights such as patents, copyright, design rights or Trade Marks please see the RIN guide to Intellectual Property and Patents.