Scottish Health Innovations Ltd

What Do I Do If I Invent Something?


The first thing to remember is to keep the details of your idea confidential!

This is important, as any public disclosure of your idea will jeopardise the potential for protecting it. Without protection, your idea may no longer be commercially successful. Disclosure includes any publication, for example in a thesis, paper, journal, poster or scientific abstract, as well as on the internet, and also any spoken disclosure at a seminar or exhibition.


If you have an idea, contact SHIL as early as possible.

We will contact your Research and Development team on your behalf. Contact details are at the end of this booklet. A member of the team will arrange to meet with you to discuss your idea in more detail. This is then followed by a period of assessment by SHIL as to whether the invention is suitable for protection.


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