Intellectual property (IP) management is a very important part of any successful project within the Horizon 2020 framework programme. Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSC) Actions are not an exception and participants should take the time to understand the IP rules and establish an effective and tailored plan for the protection and exploitation of research results and intellectual property (IP) arising within their projects.
The aim of this fact sheet is to outline the main IP-related issues that participants in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions should consider in the different stages of their projects.
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We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.
An important objective of the former European IPR Helpdesk service was to empower its users to increase their knowledge on Intellectual Property and to develop their capacities to put Intellectual Property into practice. For the next four-year period to come, an important challenge will be to bring the services even closer to the end users and to continue to enhance the number of users reached and the geographical coverage.
Currently several hot topics in the field of Intellectual Property are part of the political agenda in Europe, for example the implementation of the unitary patent in Europe, copyright in the digital age, new legislation about trademark law, and so on. Keeping its users updated about the evolution of these issues and making the changes understandable in order to identify consequent opportunities for researchers and SMEs will be another challenge for the European IPR Helpdesk.
In this first Bulletin issue of the year we have concentrated our efforts on providing you with practical information related to enforcement, IP management and other issues for you to discover.
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On the 9th and 10th October 2014 took place the ICT Proposer’s day 2014 in the suggestive atmosphere of the conference center Fortezza da Basso, in Florence.
Roughly 3000 people registered and an average of 2500 people showed up among the first and the second day affirming once more the great relevance that Horizon 2020 has for the research panorama around Europe.
Participants had the chance to ask information about the calls they were interested into and meet the speakers that were talking about different topics, from high performance computing to nano electronics, from water management, to ICT based solutions for transport and green vehicles.
Of course, a session dedicated to H2020 proposal making could not be missing and took place in the Health and well-being village, right behind the IPR Helpdesk’s stand.
There was located our team, attending both the days and giving the participants tips and advises about IP in Horizon 2020 projects. The vast majority of them came from universities although we were pleased to observe that a fair amount was from the SME world, trying to catch the H2020 train to develop their ideas and business projects.
We were happy to answer to all the questions addressed at us, particularly those concerning the use of IP rights in a Horizon 2020 proposal. Some of them were more generic, looking for clarifications on the general rules of the program, for instance: “What changes between Horizon 2020 and FP7?” Or: “How do I tackle the IP issue while writing a proposal?”.
Some others were, on the other hand, more specific and participants seized the opportunity to talk directly to our staff by presenting the particular case they were dealing with.
So we answered to: “Which IP rights are more suitable to my case?”, or: "How can I reduce the costs of my IP rights in terms of consultancy and administrative fees?”.
We were able to satisfy the vast majority of the queries with the support of our new publication: “Your Guide to IP in Horizon 2020”, that was very successful and flew off the shelves since all the copies we had were distributed during the event, being particularly appreciated by those who were dealing with a project proposal.
We assisted participants with a good basic preparation on IP, but we met a considerable number of participants who right after introducing themselves, pointing their finger to our banner would ask us:
“What does IPR mean?”
We were not surprised by these kind of questions, on the contrary the IPR Helpdesk always encourages everybody to ask to our experts whatever problem regarding Intellectual Property one might have, especially if the subject is: “What is Intellectual Property?”
We have been working as hard as we can with the objective of enhancing the knowledge on the Intellectual Property problems that presenting a proposal might hide, trying to simplify the concepts in order to reduce to a minimum the workload and time that have to be devoted to the IP part of the drafting, being able to concentrate more on the content part.
In order to succeed in this task an half an hour talk is certainly not enough, for this reason we suggested to the developers of those projects to participate to our trainings and webinars which are free and open to everybody, giving the opportunity to learn about topics like Introduction to IP, EU funded projects, Maximizing the impact of EU funded projects that you are able to follow directly from your house, or office. The next scheduled date is the 29/10/2014, the webinar is going to focus on Technology Transfer, and registrations are already open on our website.
Finally we remind you that one of our most convenient services is the Newsletter. In fact by subscribing to it you will be sure of being informed to every important event of the IP world in Europe, including all of our publications and events in which we are involved, like next year’s ICT’S Proposers day, to which we are looking forward to take part once again.
Selected highly innovative, ambitious and passionate small- or medium-sized enterprises (SME) with global ambitions are given the unique opportunity to receive excellent business resources and mentorship as well as substantial funding within the SME Instrument, which is part of the Horizon 2020 programme.
In a highly competitive process, the European Commission(EC) identifies the most promising companies among some of the European SMEs to invest in and support as part of the SME Instrument. Selected companies could receive up to €2.5 million in funding, and world-class business support and mentorship.
This fact sheet helps in identifying the most relevant intellectual property (IP) aspects that applicants should take into account when writing proposals and drafting the business plans needed in the first two Phases. Indeed, in the SME Instrument as in any other funding scheme, identifying the IP is essential to demonstrate that your project is innovative and has a commercial impact. Sound IP management is also essential to attract investors during the commercialisation Phase.
please find here all presentations of our large IP Training: ”From invention to innovation” - Strategies for successful exploitation of Horizon 2020 results. 11th and 12th of September 2014 in Oxford at Brookes University.
It was a great pleasure for us to meet you all there and we hope you enjoyed the workshop.
In case of any question please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Training Team
European IPR Helpdesk – Training and Awareness Raising Activities
The European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR), as the European body for collaborative automotive and road transport R&D, has recently published a new model consortium agreement.
This model consortium agreement is compatible with the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and was developed by EUCAR's Legal Group.
For further information, please click here.
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