How to reap the benefit of standardisation in R&D

This document, developed in collaboration with CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (the European Committee for Electro-technical Standardization), seeks to improve the mutual awareness and collaboration between standardisation and the research communities. While doing so, this fact sheet focuses on an aspect that is close to researchers' heart: can they participate in and contribute to standardisation without losing the opportunity to exploit their research outcomes through other channels?

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Progress Report on the “Horizon 2020” package

At the end of last week, the Council of the European Union adopted a Progress Report on the “Horizon 2020” package, which includes the proposals for the specific programme, the new Rules for Participation and the EURATOM programme. This report presents the discussions within the Council on the three proposals, even though according to the document “most delegations have welcomed the aforesaid Commission proposals”.

Concerning the proposal for the new Rules for Participation, delegations expressed some concerns in terms of intellectual property. In fact, delegations have asked “for the insertion of clearer wording for a number of items, such as “background”, “fair and reasonable conditions” [and] “results””. Regarding the dissemination of results, Member States have asked, in particular, clarifications on the following issues:

  • the joint ownership provisions;
  • the “additional exploitation obligations” referred to in Article 40;
  • the “rationale behind the possibility for the Commission to gain access rights to the results of a participant and the possibility that the participant can object to that”; and
  • on the use of “Europe first” provisions, in particular with respect to participation of multi-national participants.”

To read this report, please click here.

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Defining fair and reasonable conditions in a project for the benefit of SME associations

We are pleased to inform you that we have published our second case study, this time dedicated to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). This anonymous case study is based on the experience of a consortium participating in a "research for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) associations" action. The consortium partners in this project faced difficulties to agree on the definition of “fair and reasonable conditions” to be granted to the SME associations.

To know how this consortium dealt with this IP issue, click here and read this new case study!

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Info Day: The Ocean of Tomorrow – 2013

This event is organized by the European Commission with the aim to bring together researchers, universities, small and medium size enterprises and all interested in the «The Ocean of Tomorrow» calls. Additionally to the information sessions on this call, there will be an opportunity to network and meet potential consortium partners in this event.

For further information and registration, please click here.