Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property rights (IPRs), be it patents or copyrights, play an important role in the academic activities, their outreach towards the public and their services to society. Without the appropriate protection of inventions and creations, incentives for researchers to focus on applied research and for scientific institutions to disseminate innovative ideas and practices could be diminished. Technology and knowledge transfers from academia to other partners are now central in the eco-system comprising research organisations, public institutions and private actors, such as companies and NGOs. To ensure that innovation flourish and be financially supported in a competitive global environment, ALLEA must closely follow the research policies, such as Open Access and Open Science, that rely on an adequate delineation and use of IPRs. Therefore, ALLEA maintains a continuous dialogue with EU policymakers, national and international authorities and other stakeholders to contribute with its expertise to this legal and policy framework in the interest of scientific progress.