The challenge of intellectual property in projects

Doug I. Jones

Doug I. Jones

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The challenge of intellectual property in projects

 “IP considerations in grant-funded research”

Author: Laura Welikson



Intellectual property (IP) rights can be a significant challenge in grant concept note development and grant writing, particularly in the EU commission grant ecosystem. One of the main challenges is the potential for conflicts between the grantee and the grantmaker over ownership and control of IP created during the grant-funded project. Additionally, there may be challenges in ensuring that all parties involved in the project respect and protect the IP rights of others.


This article highlights the potential conflicts and challenges surrounding IP rights in grant-funded research, including issues related to ownership, licensing, and commercialization of IP. The author, Laura Welikson, is a patent attorney and intellectual property specialist.


For further reading on intellectual property rights in grant writing::


“Intellectual Property Rights in EU-funded Projects: A Guide for Project Participants” by the European IPR Helpdesk (2020)

“Intellectual Property Rights and Grant Proposals: Tips for Success” by Rebecca J. Rosen, in Science Careers (2019)

“Navigating Intellectual Property Issues in Collaborative Research” by Melissa S. Anderson and Andrew S. Baluch, in the Journal of Research Administration (2019)

“Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices” by Antony Taubman and Michael Blakeney (2019)