How can I safely disclose confidential information?

One of the requirements of inventions’ patentability is novelty. To be regarded as new, generally, an invention cannot be disclosed or made available to others before the date on which an application was filed. Moreover, there are some types of information that are not patentable, such as methods and many forms of know-how, which may only be protected if they are kept confidential.

Are the ideas that I describe in my proposal protected?

When applicants send proposals to the European Commission they set out details of the work, which is intended to be carried out under the project. Many ideas are, therefore, put forward by participants when submitting their proposals to the European Commission. This information is not only disclosed to the European Commission, but also to the independent experts, who assist in the evaluation of proposals.