Inventor Guide

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) work with inventors across NHS Scotland to translate ideas and innovations into viable products to improve patient care. Our aim is to support NHS inventors through a risk-free commercialisation process. Our experienced team, dedicated project management support and extensive network of contacts help bring ideas to life.

If your project has been selected for development by SHIL, congratulations

Our Innovation team have assessed your idea against a robust selection criteria including: • Viability of the idea • Impact on NHS resources • Novelty and inventiveness • Technical considerations • Commercial feasibility.
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The project will now move to development. This guide will help you through the process and answer the most common questions.

First, some terminology… Employer - the organisation that you have an employment contract with. In most cases, but not all, this will be the organisation that pays your salary. Inventor - a person who generates a piece of intellectual property. Service level/Framework agreement - SHIL has an agreement in place with every NHS Scotland Health Board. This allows us to develop and commercialise IP generated. We refer to this as the Service Level Agreement (SLA). Intellectual Property (IP) - any idea that is recorded in any way is intellectual property, including any novel idea or innovation that is a result of your creativity. This could be a device, service, system, app etc. Intellectual Property Protection - there are different ways to protect intellectual property depending on what type of idea it is. Some forms of protection require a formal process, others do not. The different types of protection are patent, design rights, copyright, trademark and trade secret. IP Ownership - under UK patent law, the employer automatically owns the right to any intellectual property created by employees unless a separate arrangement is put in place. This is only true if the IP is generated as a result of the duties that you are paid to perform. In your case, your NHS Health Board owns the IP to your idea completely. IP Policy - this is the policy that your employer (Health Board) has that outlines how the IP which belongs to the Health Board is handled. It should detail what reward and recognition you can expect as an inventor. Every Health Board has it’s own distinct IP Policy. SHIL has no influence over this policy. Revenue - the money that is generated from the sale, license or lease of a product. The Health Board will have a policy whereby someone who has an idea that generates revenue will have a share of this money. Commercialisation - the process of taking an idea and developing it to a point where it can be placed on the market or made generally available for others to use.

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Published on: 15 April 2019