27. Protection of Results — Visibility of JU Funding and Support from JU Members
27.1 Obligation to Protect the Results. Each beneficiary must examine the possibility of protecting its results and must adequately protect them — for an appropriate period and with appropriate territorial coverage — if: (a) the results can reasonably be expected to be commercially or industrially exploited and (b) protecting them is possible, reasonable and justified (given the circumstances).
When deciding on protection, the beneficiary must consider its own legitimate interests and the legitimate interests (especially commercial) of the other beneficiaries.
27.2 JU ownership, to protect the results. If a beneficiary intends not to protect its results, to stop protecting them or not seek an extension of protection, the Joint Undertaking may — under certain conditions (see Article 26.4) — assume ownership to ensure their (continued) protection.