Non-disclosure agreement: a business tool

This new publication aims at clarifying when and why to use this type of agreement, as well as the meaning of the key provisions commonly used. Examples of non-disclosure agreements are also provided at the end of the fact sheet to assist you in case you are drafting your own contract. If you are an SME, a researcher or work at a University you will also find in this fact sheet several practical hints addressing your own specific problems.

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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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How to manage IP in FP7 during the negotiations stage

We are pleased to announce that the European IPR Helpdesk has published a fact sheet on ‘How to manage IP in FP7 during the negotiations stage’, whose aim is to highlight the IP-related issues consortia need to consider during the negotiations with the European Commission, which are encompassed in two main agreements: the Consortium Agreement and the Grant Agreement.

IP specificities in research for the benefit of SMEs

This specific funding scheme has been set up by the European Commission within the Capacities programme under the FP7. The purpose of this support is to help SMEs outsource research and extend their international network. It also aims at increasing their research efforts and better exploiting research results. Accordingly, the Intellectual Property regime slightly differs from the common FP7 rules on IP.

The main purpose of the present fact sheet is thus to highlight the IP rules specific to these actions.

New guide for SMEs on the management of Intellectual Property in FP7

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has produced a new guide intended to give SMEs a practical overview on how Intellectual Property (IP) should be dealt with in FP7 programmes.

The aim of this guide is therefore to break down the major IP issues any SME-participant has to tackle in order to be successful in its project proposal and to make the most of its project results. This is a rather schematic and reader-friendly document that gives you a first sight of the fundamental IP matters to consider during the entire life-cycle of EU funded projects.

Nevertheless, it is recommended to integrate it with the three fact sheets that the IPR helpdesk has recently produced on the management of IP in FP7 projects, which are more thorough and go deeper into each of the FP7 project phases.

IP rules applicable to Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme Projects

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has produced a new fact sheet providing 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.

How to search for patent information

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has produced a fact sheet explaining how to carry out a patent search using one of the most used patent databases, Espacenet, which includes quick and advanced search options.

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 will also present in this fact sheet.

The aim of this fact sheet is thus to introduce this complex tool to you, in a user-friendly fashion.

Intellectual Property rules within the Fusion for Energy contractual framework

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.