ALLEA releases statement on IPR for multinational inventions
The ALLEA (All European Academies) Permanent Working Group Intellectual Property Rights (PWGIPR) released a statement on “The Ownership and Protection of Multinational Inventions – in Particular Inventions Resulting from Publicly Funded Research” on 28 February 2018.
The statement responds to the increase of multinational inventions resulting from international cooperation in research and development and the implications for the legal framework under which those inventions are managed and protected. The expert group calls for adopting more harmonised legal instruments at the European level with respect to the choice of law(s) governing inventorship, with a view to reducing legal uncertainty and raising efficiency in multinational research and development.
The group also warns of the great legal complexity in this field, which hampers efficiency in the R&D and leads to legal uncertainty. The statement therefore invites the European Commission to (i) analyse the effect of diverging national rules on inventorship, assignment, and patent filing requirements on research and development in the EU, (ii) assess the appropriate scope and substance of legislative measures and remedies at EU level, and (iii) initiate discussions with regard to the prospect and feasibility of adopting harmonised legal instruments on the international level.
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