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News article6 May 2022Directorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

Openness in science & IP protection and uptake

Enhancing the positive synergies between the management of intellectual property (IP) and Open Science is key to boost knowledge valorisation. A new report, commissioned by the European Commission, provides recommendations for policy makers and for IPR practitioners on the promotion of Open Science and its balance with IP protection for better knowledge dissemination to the benefit of all. Regarding open access to scientific publications, the report presents reflections to scope the principle ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’ in the context of an evolving and open research and innovation ecosystem.

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A special example of combining open (fundamental) research in an international environment with impactful innovation and IP management is CERN, the world’s leading particle physics laboratory. CERN operates the world’s biggest particle accelerator, employs approx. 2600 people and receives some 11 000 visiting scientists every year, half of the world’s particle physicists. CERN is a pioneer in open access and an active participant in the European Open Science Cloud. As part of the mandate for scientific research, it has also an elaborate knowledge valorisation, entrepreneurship and IP policy that aims to maximise the positive impact of the knowledge and technologies developed at CERN on society.

CERN and the European Commission collaborate on knowledge transfer and intellectual property management. At the EU Knowledge Valorisation Week 2022, Giovanni Anelli, Knowledge Transfer Group Leader at CERN, explains the strategy of the international research organisation in an interview with Tadas Tumėnas, Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office LINO.


CERN is strongly engaged in the European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. CERN received, for example, EU funds for the ATTRACT initiative that fosters the deployment of breakthrough technologies on the market.

CERN, as an Intergovernmental Organization, is an important actor of the European Research Area. It is part of the EIROforum that brings together the biggest European science facilities. The European Union, represented by the Commission, is an Observer on the CERN Council since 1985. The European Commission and CERN are also bound a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009.

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Publication date
6 May 2022
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation