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Intellectual Property


Based on the VSNU/NFU guidelines, as well as Dutch law and the University’s employment contract, the joint UG/UMCG Intellectual Property policy focuses on two main issues:

  1. Public recognition. UG/UMCG wish to be visible on patent publications as (one of the) applicant(s) in those cases where the invention was (partly) the work of UG/UMCG inventors. This is highly relevant for our reputation, PR, and rankings.
  2. Reasonable financial compensation. If a patent is transferred or out-licensed to a third party, UG/UMCG request a competitive compensation, negotiable on a case-by-case basis

All research, license, and patent transfer agreements are assessed accordingly by the legal department, before being submitted to the UG/UMCG Boards for signing.

The IP & Business Development team implements the joint UG/UMCG IP policy in close collaboration with the legal department of the University (ABJZ), the UMCG Innovation Center and the legal/contract support desk of the UMCG.

For more information please contact ip-info or one of the members of the IP & Business Development team.

Guidelines Dealing with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) have published guidelines for academic start-ups about dealing with intellectual property rights and the position of students wrt. IPR.

IPR Guidelines for academic start-ups

The utilisation of knowledge from research at knowledge institutions is important for society, in view of the social challenges and economic opportunities. Intellectual property plays a relevant role in the utilisation of knowledge. The guideline can help to remove obstacles in the handling of intellectual property rights (IPR) for academic start-ups.

IPR Guidelines for students

During your studies, you may encounter intellectual property rights (IPR). Make agreements about this before you start an internship, study activity or research project. This way, you know where you stand if an invention, design or idea turns out to be an economic or social gap in the market.

The IPR guidelines for university start-ups are in the abovementioned 'IPR Guidelines'. In addition, the rules for students are now also clarified in the 'Addendum IPR Guidelines and Students'.

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