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Inventorship/ownership

It is important to note that, as an employee of the University or Medical Centre, you are obligated to report any discovery of interest to your manager or to IXA. Discoveries made by employees of universities and their medical centres are the legal property of the employer as follows from the Dutch Patent Act. Through internal regulations, also persons other than employees who are involved in research are bound by the same rules, such as interns and external PhD candidates.
The Universities do acknowledge the inventorship of the researchers and have developed a reward policy, laid down in the respective IP Regulations of the institution. The board of directors of the Universities and Medical Centres have given IXA the exclusive right mandate to decide to apply for patents on behalf of the institution and to initiate and coordinate actions to exploit them. IXA administers the intellectual property and arranges the licenses for external partners, always in close cooperation with the researcher/inventor. 

Who is an inventor?

An inventor is anyone who makes an intellectual (or original) contribution to the invention. Those who translate the concept into practice are not considered co-inventors unless they add to the original concept of the invention although, with the agreement of the inventor(s), they may share in financial benefits of the invention as laid down in the respective IP Regulations of the institution.