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IP in EU-funded Projects

Dealing in a correct manner with Intellectual Property (IP) is key to the successful implementation of collaborative projects. How is this arranged in Horizon-funded projects?

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What is IPR?

Basically, almost every result developed during or before a project can be considered as IP. There are of course obvious items to consider (like patents, copyrights, trademarks...) but also less tangible items (e.g. know-how, designs, internal reports, methodologies, datasets...) can be included in your IP list.

The core idea is that there is some ownership involved, and with that some rights on the further usage/exploitation. And this needs to be regulated.

For European funded projects, an IPR strategy is a core part of the Consortium Agreement. It should document how prior-knowledge is dealt with, how the ownership of in-project developments and results will be assigned, and what are the rights and conditions (for further use) by the other consortium members. It should also mention how potential IPR conflicts will be dealt with. 

IP in Horizon Europe

The publication of the first Horizon Europe work programmes happened in June 2021. Further details and guiding documents on IP in Horizon Europe are still to be released in the coming months. Until then, you can assume a similar arrangement as for Horizon 2020, the preceding framework programme.

IP in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 ran from 2014 to 2020. Though no new project calls are launched, many projects funded under this scheme will still be running, or enter their exploitation phase in the years to come. 

The best way to start are two guiding documents by the IP Helpdesk (links lead to their site, version of Sep 2021 attached to this infosheet)

IP Helpdesk?

The European IP Helpdesk is a first-line intellectual property (IP) service providing free-of-charge support to help European SMEs and beneficiaries of EU-funded research projects manage their IP in the context of transnational business or EU research and innovation programmes.

The European IP Helpdesk supports European SMEs and research teams involved in cross-border business and/or EU-funded research activities manage, disseminate and valorise their IP. Offering a broad range of informative material, a Helpline service for direct IP support as well as on-site and online training, our main goal is to support IP capacity building along the full scale of IP practices: from awareness to strategic use and successful exploitation.

IP Scan?

Horizon IP Scan is a tailored, free-of-charge, first-line IP support service provided by the European Commission specifically designed to help European start-ups and other SMEs involved in EU-funded collaborative research projects to efficiently manage and valorise IP in collaborative R&I efforts.

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ERC grants awarded to professor Inez Germeys

Professor Inez Germeys leads the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven, which is a large multi-disciplinary research group focusing on the interaction between the person and the environment in the development of psychopathology. She has received a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant (INTERACT) and Proof of Concept grant (IMPACT). With these grants professor Germeys and her team researched a new mobile self-management therapy for patients with a psychotic disorder. The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Daily Life (ACT-DL) was further developed for the clinical environment. In line with that the Horizon 2020 IMMERSE project aims to thoroughly evaluate strategies, processes, and outcomes of implementing a digital mobile mental health solution.

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