Intellectual Property Rights

Working in Europe | Intellectual Property Rights, Research Landscape | Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG: an IP-conscious country


Luxembourg has been proactive in developing its IP standards, and is party to all the major IP treaties and conventions. 

Luxembourg signed the European Patent Convention in October 1977, which established the European Patent Office (EPO).

The country is well aware of the importance of IP and thus offers a responsive and supportive environment to stimulate intellectual property management. Therefore, the authorities have created a safe environment for IP by implementing EU directives as well as international agreements and treaties.


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According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the term ‘intellectual property’ refers to “creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic work, and symbols, names, images or designs used in commerce”.


Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are a complex legal issue and laws regulating them can vary from country to country. Policies and practices should define sharing of ownership of the IPR generated between the researchers and the employers or any other third party (including commercial or industrial organisation). In the case of third parties, the ownership should be provided for under specific collaboration agreements or other types of agreement.

Intellectual property is divided into two categories:


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A sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation due to that place of origin.






Main institutions managing IPRs





One of the key elements in the Luxembourg Government’s policy of adding value and support in the field of IP has been the creation of the Intellectual Property Institute Luxembourg (IPIL). Officially approved in August 2014, the IPIL gathers, within one place, both national and international expertise in identification, securisation, protection, exploitation and legal aspects of IP rights.

IPIL is actively involved in European networks and projects, e.g. as part of the consortium of the European IPR Helpdesk. This official IP service initiative of the European Commission provides free-of-charge, first-line advice and information on Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The service is targeted at researchers and European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in EU-funded collaborative research projects. In addition, it addresses SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes.

Legal texts

Most legal texts can be found at the Intellectual property office at the Ministry of the Economy: