D8.4: Report on IPR protection plans, agreements and exploitation plans

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The deliverable D8.4: Report on IPR protection plans, agreements and exploitation plans was submitted by Research2Market (R2M) with contributions from IESRD, IOTA, POW/VOLUE, LCCC, TK, GKIN, COL, and NTNU in May 2023. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable is at the end for download:

“This report presents an updated overview of the exploitable results of the +CityxChange project identified during the first fifty-four months of the five-year project and builds upon the work presented in Deliverable 8.2 “Report on the identification and assessment of exploitable result”1. This work has been conducted as part of Work Package 8: Scaling-up, Replication and Exploitation and specifically as part of Task 8.5 “Exploitation, IP protection and agreements”. The report provides an overview of the plans for adoption and exploitation of results generated by the +CityxChange project and the arrangements for the protection and management of the IP developed in the project. As such, it provides a framework for identifying, developing, and optimising the exploitation of the project results during the project and after its completion.

Twenty-six exploitable results have been identified which are summarised under four
categories: 11 Products & Applications, 2 Services, 8 Knowledge & IP, 3 Processes, and 2 Other (Policies). Compared to D8.2, two new results have been identified (ER26 – “PEB Policies Recommendations” and ER27 – “Integrated Investment Models for PEBs”) and one result has been marked as duplicate (ER15 – “PED Planning and Design Process”). It is envisioned that 14 of the results will be exploited on a commercial basis and the remaining 12 results will be made available for public or scientific exploitation for free, under appropriate open licences, or similar paths.

Together, the results cover the technical, social, economic and cultural aspects of a PED, both individually and in an integrated manner, reflecting the complexity and collaboration needs of PEBs. For example, the Local Energy Market combines the various technologies developed in the project to enable local energy and flexibility trading. Equally important are the process- and engagement related results like the Innovation Lab, Learning Framework, Bold City Vision, and regulations that set the conditions for the PED framework.

For each of the exploitable results, together with the ER Manager, a KER Assessment has been performed. The results have been used to categorise the results across expected impact and innovation risk and to further detail the exploitation- and IP management strategy. The results are distributed across four categories: 2 Rising Star, 12 Promising Concept, 3 Niche Opportunity, and 9 Safe Play. The levels of maturity vary across the exploitable results and the effectiveness of the results will be validated during the +CityxChange demo projects.

It can be expected that the methods and products developed in +CityxChange will contribute to the adoption of PEDs/PEBs and can be of great benefit for all stakeholders involved. This report forms the basis for the commercialisation plans that will be delivered in Month 60.”

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