New approach to scientific process by promoting data sharing and research results is referred to as “Open Science”. Compared to traditional research methods, Open Science supports sharing results very early in the process to reach more stakeholders and address challenges in a more effective way. As a result, there is no longer a complete ownership over knowledge or research outputs, and there are many challenges regarding the IPR and technology transfer in Open Science.
These issues were in the very core of the “IPR, Technology Transfer & Open Science – Challenges and opportunities” workshop, organised jointly by JRC and DG Research and Innovation on 9th March in Brussels.
“Open” data often means that anyone can access, use, modify and share data for any use, but Open Science is not “a free science”, therefore level of data protection and open access to information were thoroughly discussed during the 3 panel sessions of the workshop: the first one tackled IPR and technology transfer in an Open Science context, the second one addressed Open data and the revision of the IPR framework, and finally, the third panel session discussed how can the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) conciliate Intellectual Property rules.