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Defining the existing knowledge, i.e. the “background information”, of the partners has a direct effect on the successful exploitation of the results in Horizon 2020 projects.

Being aware of the importance of this issue, we have developed this Fact Sheet to provide information about the management of background information with an accent on "how to define background" within Horizon 2020 projects through different examples.

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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.