Costs related to the protection of the actions results (e.g. consulting fees, fees paid to the patent office for patent registration) and to royalties paid for IPR access rights are normally eligible, if all the eligibility conditions are met, in particular, if such costs incurred during the action;
· are necessary for the implementation of the action;
· are reasonable, justified and complying with the principle of sound financial management, in particular regarding economy and efficiency.
The European Union in Horizon 2020 projects may contribute to a maximum of 100% of the total costs of activities concerning protection, dissemination and management of IPR.
Costs related to protection of other intellectual property (e.g. background patents) are NOT eligible.
It is strongly recommended that if there is doubt about the eligibility, the beneficiaries should contact the Commission/Executive Agency.