IP joint ownership

Joint ownership often arises in connection with collaborative innovation and is of particular relevance to EU-funded programmes, joint ventures and more generally to any research project involving the co-development of intellectual property (IP).

The European IPR Helpdesk has developed a new fact sheet aiming to highlight the most essential IP issues to be addressed when handling jointly owned assets in contractual arrangements, in order to avoid the joint ownership pitfalls. By ensuring that the ownership of the generated IP, and the related responsibility for its protection and defence, are correctly allocated, collaborative projects have more chance to be efficiently implemented and litigation between partners to be avoided.

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The importance of an IP management structure in a research project

The need to set up an appropriate management structure to properly deal with the different issues related to intellectual property (IP) is considered to be fundamental in any collaborative research programme.

This case study presents a well-thought IP management structure in an FP7 consortium, which has the function of ensuring a smooth implementation of the project and an optimal exploitation of the resulting intangible assets.

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Protecting project results

This case on the Hydrocoat FP7 project focuses on the importance of having the results generated during a research project well protected, mainly when they have a huge commercial impact, in order to reap the full benefits from the R&D activity and to avoid those results being unduly exploited by others.

To have a grasp on how intangibles could be protected have a look to the case in point!

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Defining fair and reasonable conditions in a project for the benefit of SME associations

We are pleased to inform you that we have published our second case study, this time dedicated to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). This anonymous case study is based on the experience of a consortium participating in a "research for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) associations" action. The consortium partners in this project faced difficulties to agree on the definition of “fair and reasonable conditions” to be granted to the SME associations.

To know how this consortium dealt with this IP issue, click here and read this new case study!

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How to deal with IP related clauses within Consortium Agreements

Consortium Agreements (CA) are usually divided into three main parts that respectively include preliminary clauses, central clauses and final clauses. The objective of this fact sheet is to focus on the central part, more specifically on the provisions regarding the management of Intellectual Property (IP). An overview of the relevant IP rules to be included in the CA is thus outlined with the purpose of providing a checklist of the matters to be dealt with by consortia when drafting it.

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