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Plant breeding is protracted and expensive and the resulting plant varieties can be easily and quickly reproduced by others by means of simple multiplication of plant material. Therefore, in order to reap the benefits of their scientific efforts and the related economic investment, plant breeders can opt for IP protection on their products.

This Fact Sheet aims at illustrating the importance of plant variety protection by providing an overview of the plant variety right system and focusing on the protection at EU level.

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This fact sheet provides a practical overview of the Intellectual Property (IP) rules applicable in the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP). The main activity under the AAL Joint Programme is the funding of R&D and Innovation projects to contribute to the attainment of the AAL Association’s main goal, which is to improve the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability of older people. The aim of this fact sheet is to explain where the IP rules may be found and the terminology commonly used within the AAL funding schemes. IPR issues can indeed affect both the way a project is conducted and any exploitation of final results.

Conducting patent searches is very useful for several purposes, not only for organizations such as SMEs and universities, but also for researchers. However, in order to perform good and useful searches, it is essential to understand the structure of patent information, whatever form it can take (full text or bibliographic) as well as where and how to use the search tools available - elements that we also will present in this fact sheet. The aim of this fact sheet is thus to present you this complex tool in a user-friendly fashion.

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 for the preparation, management, technical and administrative support, and the construction of equipment and installations for the realisation of ITER. The full involvement of 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.

The purpose of this document is to highlight the steps beneficiaries need to follow to pave the way forward for the exploitation and dissemination of the IP generated during the implementation stage. With the three fact sheets, we provide you with a general overview of the entire FP7 process, from the proposal stage until the end of the project. All these factsheets are strictly interconnected so that a thoroughgoing reading of the three is strongly advisable for a better understanding of the issues at stake.

This document is the first of a series which aim at providing guidance for SMEs, researchers and any other entity wishing to answer a call for proposal in the FP7. The present fact sheet is followed by a second one on ‘How to manage IP in FP7 during the negotiations stage’, and a third and final fact sheet on ‘How to manage IP in FP7 during and after the project’. All these fact sheets are strictly interconnected so that a thoroughgoing reading of the three is strongly advisable for a better understanding of the issues at stake as well as to having a general overview of the entire FP7 process.

This document provides a practical overview of the Intellectual Property (IP) rules applicable in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union for research, technological and demonstration activities (2007 – 2013). It further explains where these rules may be found and the terminology commonly used.