Europe’s ambition to be a leader in fusion energy research has been demonstrated over the last 50 years through its commitment to a number of collaborative initiatives. ITER aims at bridging the gap between fundamental and applied research by building a partnership between laboratories, industry and SMEs. The way we will manage intellectual property stemming from these joint initiatives remains a challenge.
The European Commission has already produced valuable Intellectual Property (IP) related documents in the field of fusion through the Euratom programme, tackling the issues of patents and copyright and spin-offs resulting in industrial non-nuclear application.
IP policy in F4E intends to allow fusion laboratories and industry to benefit from the work carried out, increase their involvement in fusion research and improve their access to know-how with less risk.
F4E has set up a business-oriented regime to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to industry.