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Patent Policy

Patent Policy

Based on the VSNU/NFU guidelines, as well as Dutch law and the University’s employment contract, the UG patent (or broader: Intellectual Property) policy focuses on two main issues:

  1. Public recognition. UG wishes to be visible on patent publications as (one of the) applicant(s) in those cases where the invention was (partly) the work of UG 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 requests 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 Board for signing.

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

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

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.

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. You can read them below:


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