The ERDF R&I Health Accelerator project is delivering a two-part digital health series on IP for Digital Health Technologies.

This Digital Health Series is targeted at the multi-disciplinary Digital Health sector including clinicians, researchers, and scientists with a wide range of expertise in healthcare, engineering, social sciences, public health, health economics and data management.

In the initial webinar held on Tuesday 9 Nov at 12:30pm, Venner Shipley’s Patent Attorneys Gary Whiting and Peter Thorniley will cover how IP rights can be put to work to reward and commercialise your innovation. We will also look at the broader IP strategy during digital health product development, from conception and initial research to advertising, marketing and sales as well as future developments.

We will cover the various intellectual property (IP) rights that can be used to protect a digital health product and then provide general tips and tricks using example case studies covering both hardware and software solutions and services. Examples include telemedicine, health apps, wearable devices, and virtual reality, as well as data driven approaches revolutionising research and R&D in molecular biology/biochemistry wet lab-driven projects in the life sciences sector. We will pay particular, but not exclusive, attention to how developments in artificial intelligence should be seen and understood in this context.


12:30 – 12:35: Welcome by UoM Innovation Factory and VS

12:35 – 13:00: Part 1 – Introduction to Intellectual Property

13:00 – 13:30: Part 2 – Example case studies and questions

13:30 – 13:50: Part 3 – Questions and discussion

13:50 – 14:00: Wrap up

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PART 2 : 30 November 2021 (4:30-6:00PM TBC)

In part 2 of the series, the example case studies from the webinar will form the basis for a broader discussion of commercialisation strategies to be held in person at a networking event on 30 November. In this follow-up event, we will also look at other IP considerations, such as protection as a trade secret, the use of open-source software, potential ownership disputes with employees and contractors and IP licences.

About the Research and Innovation Health Accelerator and Venner Shipley

The Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator is an ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) part-funded project delivered by Health Innovation Manchester, The University of Manchester, The University of Manchester Innovation Factory, Manchester City Council and Bionow.

The project invites SMEs to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions to accelerate development and improve commercialisation of innovative healthcare products and services within life sciences. SMEs will be able to access expertise and support including information about navigating the health and care system, developing value propositions, ethics & regulatory advice and access to university-wide expertise. To find out more about this programme, email or

Venner Shipley is a prominent full-service European intellectual property firm with a uniquely diverse team and a leader in patenting AI and machine learning. Our team comprising of UK and European patent attorneys, trademark and design attorneys, patent solicitors and barristers provide a complete IP service.

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