Taking a licence from a university or other academic institution raises specific considerations in addition to those that would normally apply in a purely commercial setting. We set out below ten key considerations for any commercial entity taking a licence from a university in the EU.
1. Continuing academic research in the field and publication rights
Commonly a university will wish to continue to carry-out research in the field within the scope of the licence for academic purposes leading to a risk of intellectual property/confidential information leakage. Where the university is a charity, it will often have an obligation to publish results in the public interest.