Good practice examples
- Spanish Patent and Trade Mark Office (SPTO)
- Be aware that generating income from IP requires time, is often based on good luck and is, therefore, not predictable.
- IP can generate huge income - but this is the exception rather than the norm. It is inappropriate to expect that your IP protection activities will be sustainable after two or three years. Remember, IP protection is not just about generating income, it is about building up your credibility and status in your field of innovation. This requires a strategy(ies). Exploitation models should follow from these strategies.
- If many partners are involved, an “open innovation model” with non-exclusive licenses might be an option
- licensing regulations are part of the IP contract. A number of CRCs that pursue an active IP policy (i.e., have IP ownership rights) apply the “open innovation model” according to which all partners involved receive non-exclusive licenses. This model is particularly suitable if the CRC itself has a strong position and attracts many partners, and for which participating in CRC projects is a means of obtaining IP. This aspect is particularly interesting for SMEs.
- exclusive licenses may be a better option if a (small) limited number of partners is involved in a CRC