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CERN launches Easy Access IP initiative


By David Schwartz
Published: June 13th, 2012

CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has announced that it has become the latest in a growing number of organizations to adopt the Easy Access IP approach.

The initiative aims to simplify the process of accessing the intellectual property accumulated at CERN for businesses and entrepreneurs. Through Easy Access IP, CERN will grant these outside parties free license for technologies selected from the organization’s larger portfolio. The technologies will be made available through R&D collaborations, services and consultancy, support to spin-off companies, and the creation of CERN-affiliated business incubation centers.

According to Giovanni Anelli, head of CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group, the initiative is an additional option among a number of existing tech transfer opportunities offered by the organization. “It is an additional tool to maximize access to our technologies and know-how,” he says. “Sometimes our technologies are too early stage for a company to risk investment. By offering free access, we aim to encourage our partners to evaluate and commercialize those technologies, thus making it easier for CERN and industry, both spinoff companies and established ones, to work together,” he says.

Those companies requesting license to CERN Easy Access IP research will be required to acknowledge CERN’s contribution and report to Anelli throughout the invention’s development. “We strive to be as flexible as possible,” says head of CERN’s tech transfer office Enrico Chesta. “The technologies licensed under the Easy Access IP scheme will be royalty free and shared with qualified companies willing and able to take them to the market with clear benefits for the economy and for society.

“The return for us,” adds Chesta, “is the establishment of strong, lasting relationships with external partners.”

Source: CERN

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