The European Union in FP7 projects may contribute to a maximum of 100% of the total costs of activities concerning protection, dissemination and management of IPR.
The Financial Guide to FP7 projects includes examples of intellectual property activities which may be reimbursed up to 100% of eligible costs. These are “filing and prosecution of patent (and other IPR) applications, including patent searches and legal advice”.
Thus, the following costs concerning patent protection might be considered as eligible:
- patent application fees;
- expenses for patent searches;
- remuneration paid to patent attorneys or other legal practitioners with regard to the filing and prosecution of a patent.
Intellectual property activities are “other activities” in accordance with the Article II.16 of the Grant Agreement. Their costs, in order to be eligible, shall fulfill the prerequisites of the Article II.14.1 of the Grant Agreement. In particular, they must be charged during the contractual period.
Finally, bear in mind that contracting of a legal practitioner for filing and prosecution of patent may be considered to be subcontracting in accordance with the Article II.7 of the Grant Agreement.