Intellectual Property rules within the Fusion for Energy contractual framework

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We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has published a new fact sheet on the IP rules governing the Fusion for Energy (F4E) contractual framework.

F4E is the joint undertaking of Euratom and responsible for providing Europe’s contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project. F4E is in charge of the preparation, management, technical and administrative support, and the construction of equipment and installations for the realisation of ITER. The full involvement of the industry, including large companies, consortia, European laboratories and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) will be essential for the success of the joint construction of ITER. For this purpose, F4E intends to contract with such entities for the acquisition of goods and/or services through procurement contracts, and for the undertaking of research activities through grant agreements.

The aim of the this fact sheet is to provide a comprehensive overview of the specific IP regime applicable to F4E contracts and to tackle the basic IP issues that participants in the programme may encounter when preparing and participating in F4E activities.