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D9.3 SHIPLYS Intellectual Property protection strategy

D9.3 SHIPLYS Intellectual Property protection strategy

Executive summary

This document provides an Intellectual Property (IP) protection strategy for the SHIPLYS project, funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), Grant Agreement number: 690770.

SHIPLYS (Ship life cycle software solutions) is a three-year project that started in September 2016. It aims to create a customised and single package simulation and analyses tool, integrating Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), environmental and risk assessments, product and process lifecycle management (PLM) and Virtual Products tools.

The SHIPLYS consortium comprises 12 participants from 7 countries who bring together a mix of stakeholder organisations and corresponding expertise. The participants include shipyards, a classification society, research institutes and industrial organisations that develop and provide technologies used in structural design and production.

The rules regarding the ownership and use of IP is governed by the Grant Agreement number: 690770 governing the project and the consortium agreement signed by the SHIPLYS consortium. 

In this document, which is a Deliverable in WP9 titled ‘Dissemination, business plan, and software training’, the principles concerning background IP, foreground IP and dissemination are provided. The role of WP Leader and other participants in WP9 is explored concerning their management responsibilities with respect to IP. As the project anticipates the inclusion of software and data from non-SHIPLYS consortium partners, the approach to third party interactions is explored as is an overview as to how IP assets will be recorded. Key aspects of the IP policy adopted by the SHIPLYS consortium include compliance with contractual obligations, considering protection of IP assets before disclosure and maintaining a register of both own and third party IP assets that are relied upon by the project.

This report contains Annexes that are indicative of how the strategy delineated in this document will be implemented. The Annexes will be treated as ‘live’ documents throughout the duration of the project to reflect the most up to date information.

The following report will be made available on the European Commission website, please check back soon for further information.