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.

ALLEA Permanent Working Group Intellectual Property Rights

The ALLEA Permanent Working Group Intellectual Property Rights, which has been in existence since the 1990s, has prepared and issued reflections, declarations and recommendations on the most challenging topics of IPRs. At present it is developing a horizon-scanning mechanism to identify emerging issues and suggest appropriate solutions.

Central themes of the group include:

  • access to scientific information (Open Access, etc.);
  • the European Commission initiatives, in particular concerning research and the digital agenda;
  • the unification of patent and copyright laws in Europe;
  • the impact of artificial intelligence and the need to improve data governance;
  • patenting in stem cell research and other areas of cutting-edge biotechnology.

Members of the Working Group

  • Joseph Straus (Chair), Delegate of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
  • Hubert Bocken (ex officio, ALLEA Board Member) –  Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
  • Georg Brasseur – Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • William Cornish – British Academy
  • Vincenzo Di Cataldo – Acaddemia Nazionale di Lincei
  • P. Bernt Hugenholtz – Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Yuriy Kapitsa – National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Graham Richards – Royal Society
  • Are Stenvik – Norwegian Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Alain Strowel – Université Catholique de Louvain, Saint-Louis University
  • Tomasz Twardowski – Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Sylvester Vizi – Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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