Scottish Health Innovations Ltd http://www.shil.co.uk/ (SHIL) was formed with the help of NHS Scotland and funding from the Chief Scientist Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. SHIL is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to help all Trusts commercialise innovative ideas and disseminate best practice. SHIL aims to improve patient care and generate savings and income for the Trust and the Scottish economy. Working closely with the R&D Office in NHS Highland it is the role of the local SHIL representative to:
- Help identify and manage all Intellectual Property (see below for brief description) emerging from NHS Highland.
- Access funds to further develop the invention.
- Provide all NHS staff with expert advice and assistance at all stages of commercialisation e.g. taking new innovations to commercial and academic markets (from opportunity recognition through intermediaries to the end user).
Together the NHS in Highland and SHIL aim to:
- Help improve quality of patient care throughout the NHS.
- Generate savings and income to the NHS.
- Stimulate economic wealth in Scotland through the creation of new jobs and new enterprises.
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Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual Property (IP) refers to the novel or previously undescribed tangible output of any intellectual activity. It can include inventions, industrial processes, software, data, written work, designs and images, i.e. results of R&D which lead to ideas for a new product or process, be it a potential new treatment or a diagnostic technique, new piece of equipment or new drug or software material.
IP arising from research activities may have commercial potential. This can be through patenting, copyright or know-how and later licensing or through co-operation with commercial companies to develop products with a market value.
There are strict rules about safeguarding such Intellectual Property. If details are published prior to IP protection, exclusive rights over exploitation are lost. Researchers who feel they have a commercially viable idea or project should check with an appropriate officer before publishing the results of their activities.
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