In August, we talked about the importance of Intellectual Property in your EU funded project. And if you have submitted a proposal in the past 6 months, you should have realised that it’s now truer than it has ever been: the European Commission’s evaluation on the impact section is stricter than it was less than a year ago.
To help you better understand how to begin thinking about the legal aspects of your project, here are a few tips!
Where does my project start?
It’s basically the first question that should matter to you and your project; a rather broad one, that is, for you’ll have to establish the relevant background in order to build your project on solid ground: “What IPRs do I already own? What kind of IPRs do my potential partners already own? Will we use third parties researches or inventions? Will we need third parties access or authorization?” And so many other questions you won’t necessarily think through. But we’ll talk about it later on.
What should we aim to achieve?
European Commision won’t support you for anything else than excellence. And you’ll have to show them excellence through your IP plan as well!
It’s actually easier than it looks:
- if you’re the first out there, you’ll have to claim all the valuable IPRs you’re going to generate.
- And if your whole research and results are based on a pre-existing discovery, you’ll “simply” have to explain how groundbreaking yours is gonna be.
Of course, you’ll have to back it all up with a crystal clear research plan, patents, model & design deposit plan, and try to foresee any possible outcome, even after the project ends.
Seems a little hard for you? That’s the reason why you might need the help of a legal expert. Hence our next tip.
Do not be afraid to look for help
You’re an expert in your field, and it wouldn’t cross the mind of an IP lawyer to actually challenge you in your area of expertise! That’s why you shouldn’t worry about seeking for their help to establish the best possible plan and maximise the score of your impact and implementation section. They’ll have the expert tools and will ask the right questions to the proper parties. They’ll know how to go through the sensitive parts of your Consortium Agreement and how to value your IP thoroughly and properly.
Do you need more?
We know that creating your IP plan might seem like a lot when you’re facing it alone and that’s exactly why we decided to set a seminar just for you. During this course, we’ll explain to you how to comply with the EC’s expectations, but also how to set your data management plan and why open access matters. We’ll do it using innovative tools that we created based on what you need.
If you want more information, you can check our link right here.
I hope to see you there!
If you would like to talk to our legal expert about your project’s IP don’t hesitate to send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org! For all other training enquiries (we cover all your Impact needs in our training!) check out our page or drop a mail to email@example.com.
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