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EARTO Paper – Towards a Balanced Approach Between IPRs and Open Science Policy

10 September 2020

The European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) puts forward a set of recommendations to promote a balanced approach between IPRs and Open Science policy in Europe.

Europe now needs to strike the right balance between the social benefits of the EU Open Science (OS) policy to enhance the accessibility and re-use of RD&I results on the one hand, and the essential role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to strengthen the collaborative development of knowledge and technology while fostering industry’s uptake of RD&I results on the other.

  • Recommendation 1: Ensure a stable and robust EU Regulatory and Policy framework recognising IP’s crucial role in fostering knowledge co-creation, which is essential to boost technology development and industry’s uptake of innovation, for high socio-economic impact. 
  • Recommendation 2: Foster a balanced approach between Open Science and IP policies in Europe. The concepts of Open Science and Open Innovation based on IPR should be promoted hand in hand. By ensuring that RD&I partners can capture part of the value created in common, Open Innovation enables to connect the fruits of Open Science to their efficient commercialisation in the market

Source: EARTO