FLCQ is a non-profit organization that supports research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. The intellectual property policy of the foundation, which forms a part of the foundation’s research agreement, is based on important principles. First, it is in the public interest and in the interest of the foundation that any intellectual property arising in connection with research supported by Fondation Leducq grants be developed, particularly by persons or institutions having adequate resources and incentives to do so. Second, to support the collaborative nature of each research project, members of a network are expected to make intellectual property available to all other members of the network to support the project. Lastly, the foundation is interested in ensuring that some of the income resulting from the commercialization of such intellectual property be directed back towards cardiovascular and neurovascular research in the form of grants. Based on these principles, FLCQ has established its intellectual property policy that will govern its grant making activities, as more specifically described in the intellectual property provisions of the research agreement.
The intellectual property provisions of the research agreement, in the download below, are based on the above described policy. Pursuant to FLCQ’s established policy, inclusion of such provisions is a condition for FLCQ making a grant and entering into all Network research agreements. These provisions apply to cases where researchers assign intellectual property to the institution at which the research was conducted, as well as to cases where an individual researcher retains control over the intellectual property that he or she develops (and is not obligated to assign that property to the institution at which the research was conducted.
A variation of the above described intellectual property provisions apply in the case of researchers working for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (see the reference to HHMI in the below agreement provisions). In addition, because of the particular tax consequences for researchers at French institutions resulting from an intellectual property agreement, the Fondation Leducq has developed a special agreement with INSERM and other French research centers.