The independent High Level Expert Group (HLEG), appointed by the European Commission, has completed its study on the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and presented the HLEG report to the Commission.
The report includes the achievements and impacts of the full range of actions funded by FP7 between 2007-2013 encompassing participation patterns, dissemination, quality assessment and results of projects as well as project outcomes related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
According to the study, "1586 IPR were reported in 7288 projects and 81% of them were patent applications". The main theme for IPR was “nanosciences, nonotechnologies, materials and new production technologies” under Cooperation programme of FP7, for which 296 patent applications were filed.
The Commission's formal communication on the conclusions of HLEG report accompanied by its observations is foreseen in early 2016.
To read the full report, please click here.