Tuesday, 5 June 2012

A liberal approach to IP

That's the way to encourage innovation, even if you're a publicly funded body. Having spent many hours dealing with a project funded by a public authority which in a classic piece of boilerplate drafting initially demanded the intellectual property rights in what it commissioned - plus the objects themselves - when I can't believe they would be set up actually to do anything useful with what they were trying to grab, it came as a breath of fresh air to read that CERN is happy to grant royalty-free licences to partners prepared to work on technology it has developed. Their initiative is based on the Easy Access Initiative and if you're interested you can see what technologies are available here. You can also read the terms of the exclusive and non-exclusive licences on offer.

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