Can the owners of the results decide not to protect them and transfer their ownership to a third party (e.g. the inventor)?

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The owners of the results generated under an H2020 project can decide not to protect their results and transfer their ownership. The beneficiaries must, however, ensure that their obligations regarding such results apply to the new owner (e.g. protection, dissemination, exploitation, access rights).

Unless agreed otherwise, prior notice about the intention to transfer the results must be given to the other project beneficiaries together with sufficient information concerning the future owner.

Any other beneficiary may object to the transfer if it can show that it would adversely affect its access rights.  In  this  case,  the  transfer  may  not  take  place,  until  the  beneficiaries concerned reach an agreement.