Intellectual Property

When we talk about Intellectual property (IP) we are describing new ideas, information and knowledge.

Managing and protecting Intellectual Property is one of a number of ways we ensure that our patients and the wider public benefit from the results of the research and from the innovations in treatment and care developed at NUH.

Protecting our ideas so that they can benefit the NHS is an important principle of our work, and to help guide researchers through the sometimes complex legal framework, we have a dedicated IP expert as part of the Research & Innovation Department.

Our Innovation Team

Anthony Ajanaku

Anthony Ajanaku

Anthony Ajanaku (BEng (Hons), Msc)

Intellectual Property (IP) and Commercialisation Manager

Anthony Ajanaku is an accomplished Intellectual Property (IP) and Commercialisation Manager with extensive experience spanning various sectors, including in-house, private practice, and national and regional Intellectual Property Offices. With a background in Engineering and a part-qualified Patent and Trade Mark Attorney, Anthony brings a wealth of expertise to his role.

In his current position as IP and Commercialisation Manager for Research & Innovation, Anthony plays a pivotal role in supporting the Trust with a wide range of IP-related services. He provides strategic advice on IP matters, conducts patent and trade mark searches, performs IP analysis and audits, and oversees IP commercialisation efforts. Anthony is dedicated to supporting innovative ideas that enhance patient benefits, working closely with Directors, Researchers and Programme leads across the Trust to set IP strategy and devise asset-specific protection strategies. Leveraging his technical background to review invention disclosures and advise on the best protection strategies for innovative technologies. He manages a broad and technically diverse IP portfolio, including leading patent and trade mark prosecution efforts.

Anthony identifies and addresses corporate IP risks, including managing IP disputes with third parties and advising on IP terms in third-party agreements. Raising IP awareness within the Trust by developing and delivering training programs to educate staff on IP-related issues. With a proven track record of delivering results and a passion for innovation, Anthony is committed to driving value through strategic IP management and fostering a culture of creativity and excellence.

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