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Industry Cooperation

Principles for cooperation with industry

For research collaboration with industry and other private parties, the University of Groningen (UG) and the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) follow the guidelines for public-private partnerships (PPP) and other types of technology transfer as formulated by The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU).

In summary, these guidelines are:

  1. Freedom to publish one’s own results
  2. Freedom to do follow-up research
  3. Freedom to do follow-up research with third parties
  4. Freedom to use the foreground for educational purposes
  5. Ownership of the foreground follows upon inventorship/creatorship
  6. No obligatory assignment of the foreground
  7. Market conditions for access to the foreground for commercial use
  8. Access conditions include an anti-shelving clause
  9. No obligation to grant access to the background for use outside the project
  10. No automatic access to future results/IPR (which are not the foreground)

Inventions made by University’s employees are internally assessed for patentability and commercial value. When both are positive, a patent application will be filed and commercial parties will be approached for a license or patent transfer.

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