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Intellectual property: A primer for radiologists

  • Brianna L. Vey
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author.
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    Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, 1364 Clifton Road NE, Suite #D112, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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  • C. Matthew Hawkins
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    Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, 1364 Clifton Road NE, Suite #D112, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

    Emory + Children's Pediatric Institute, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Division of Pediatric Radiology, 1599 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

    Emory + Children's Pediatric Institute, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Division of Interventional Radiology/Image-Guided Medicine, 1599 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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  • Lauren Linder
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    Parallel, Deputy General Counsel, 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA
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  • Patricia Balthazar
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    Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, 1364 Clifton Road NE, Suite #D112, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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  • Judy W. Gichoya
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    Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, 1364 Clifton Road NE, Suite #D112, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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  • Author Footnotes
    1 Dr. Duszak's work was supported in part by the Roentgen Fund's ARRS Leonard Berlin Medical Professionalism Scholarship.
    Richard Duszak Jr.
    Footnotes
    1 Dr. Duszak's work was supported in part by the Roentgen Fund's ARRS Leonard Berlin Medical Professionalism Scholarship.
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    Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, 1364 Clifton Road NE, Suite #D112, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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  • Adam Prater
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    Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, 1364 Clifton Road NE, Suite #D112, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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  • Author Footnotes
    1 Dr. Duszak's work was supported in part by the Roentgen Fund's ARRS Leonard Berlin Medical Professionalism Scholarship.

      Highlights

      • Intellectual property law is a crucial part of commercialization of an idea, protecting inventors' invested time and effort.
      • Ensure that a non-disclosure agreement is in place before engaging industry and take care with the details shared publicly.
      • Engage the institutional Office of Technology Transfer or private intellectual property lawyers early to safeguard ideas.

      Abstract

      Typically the creative product of the mind, intellectual property often forms the basis of a new product, service line, or company. Intellectual property law is complicated and nuanced, and poorly understood by many physicians, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Successfully navigating the process of intellectual property protection is critical in facilitating the translation of innovation into clinical practice. We define intellectual property and common terms used in intellectual property law and offer justification for the importance of intellectual property protections. We additionally highlight resources to assist radiologists with intellectual property protection and outline basic guidelines to successfully initiate discussions around intellectual property with third party vendors and consultants.

      Summary

      Proactive intellectual property protection is critically important for radiologist innovators seeking to bring new ideas to the marketplace.

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