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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) is any piece of original, creative work – for our purposes, an invention, brand or design – that has been successfully developed and can be owned in the same sense as physical property. Use our quick guide to better understand why IP is important and the different options available. It is important to consult SHIL as early as possible with your idea or innovation to ensure we can protect it.

Why is IP important?

Without ownership over the IP of something you have created anyone, regardless of permission, can use and adapt that idea. Protecting your IP allows you to manage how it is used, and who uses it. Anything of commercial value should be protected as soon as possible.

What types of IP are available?

There are four types of IP that we can use to protect innovations, which broadly gives the owner power over who can and cannot use their ideas:

These protect new inventions, covering how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made.

To apply for a patent, your invention must:

  • Be new
  • Be a step forward in terms of the idea that is not immediately obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the subject
  • Be capable of being made or used in an industry

These protect new inventions, covering how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made.

To apply for a patent, your invention must:

  • Be new
  • Be a step forward in terms of the idea that is not immediately obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the subject
  • Be capable of being made or used in an industry

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IP, the NHS and you

Under UK patent law, the NHS automatically owns the right to any intellectual property created by healthcare professionals working within NHSScotland employee. We assist the NHS in acquiring and managing this IP, to ensure a return on investment for the health service. Any revenue generated from commercialising ideas and innovations from healthcare professionals is shared with the originator and the health board through a bespoke NHS inventor award scheme as detailed in individual employee contracts.