On the 24th of April, the EuroFUE attended to a session organized by IPR Helpdesk about the intellectual property and the impact in Horizon 2020 projects. Michele Dubbin (Intellectual Property and Innovation Consultant) highlighted the exploitation and dissemination of the results in order to achieve a real impact that gives continuity to the projects, a feature highly valued by the European Commission.
According to Dubbin, the European Commission realized that the results of the projects remained unused once the project ended. Hence that now it is stricter in terms of visibility, communication, dissemination, exploitation and impact of the projects, in order to give the best performance to the subsidies delivered, since it is not enough to get a 10 in the part of ‘Excellence’ we must enhance the impact and exploitation to get a good project proposal. It was pointed out that the exploitation of the projects does not have to be necessarily economic, it can be the free use of the results for the education sector, for future research…
Before starting communication and dissemination tasks, it was advised to know how the results should be protected. It is advisable to establish a priori what will be needed for dissemination and that the entire consortium is in agreement with in order to avoid future problems of intellectual property. It is compatible that the work has a copyright and that it is published in Open Access. Therefore, the process begins defining the needs, followed by protecting the results, then the dissemination and finally the exploitation. In any case, 45 days before making the results public, all partners must be notified so they can see it if necessary. It was also commented that there is special attention with the patents, that only work in the registered territory and do not last forever. Having a license is essential to give credibility to projects.
Finally, Michele Dubbin explained the difference between communication and dissemination. The first term consists of transmitting the existence of the project, that is, informing society about what the project consists of and what benefits it has for citizens. While the main point of dissemination is the results, there is no dissemination before the results, so this activity is carried out at the end to maximize the impact.