Aarhus University, along with leading Danish companies such as Lego, have created the Open Science platform to move away from the patenting ‘rat race’.
The platform will allow university researchers and private companies to collaborate on projects that neither party will be able to patent. Research will be shared and be free to use.
But, commenting on the new, Jauss said: “The balance between the desire to protect IP in order to support commercial innovation and future economic activity on the one hand and with the public interest served by dissemination of those results on the other, is a reasonable solution to the perceived barriers.”
“To address the balance requires sophistication on the part of both the university and industry.”
He added: “It is not always an equal balance. For example, there may be circumstances where the best solution for a research project is more in favour of the public interest, thus favouring an open-access solution.”
Universities should be “flexible and apply solutions that best address the industrial/commercial need and societal needs”.
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