Advancing Chemical Manufacturing with the Multinational Copyright License

Applying the latest research is essential to the success of chemical manufacturing companies. Given the imperative to drive new products through the pipeline to industrial and consumer markets as quickly as possible, chemical manufacturing professionals must collaborate and share published content from chemical engineering journals and other information sources.

According to research from Outsell, Inc., chemical manufacturing professionals share published information at an average rate of five times per week with 10 other people, and 39% of that information is published by third-parties such as scientific journals, news sources, and other publications. Fulfilling the need to stay up-to-date on the latest advances, environmental and industry regulations, and market conditions, the Multinational Copyright License from RightsDirect provides companies with a single source of global rights that empowers professionals to store and efficiently share published content, accelerate business results, and simplify copyright compliance (1).

Here’s a look at how the Multinational Copyright License can support teams across chemical manufacturing companies

Early phase research

At many chemical manufacturing facilities, an early step in the research process before developing new chemicals involves a thorough review of previously published studies and articles. Research teams in different areas often share and store related articles on collaboration sites (2) for a more extensive review of existing literature.

Regulatory submissions

Companies store all articles related to a regulatory filing whether provided as full-text documents or cited in the submission materials in a regulatory solution or similar software. The Multinational Copyright License also grants the rights to share articles as part of a submission to a regulatory body such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, and more.

Market Monitoring

Variable market conditions such as the pricing trends of raw materials and energy can greatly impact the chemical manufacturing industry. Companies conduct continual market monitoring, store related published information on collaboration sites and share reports with colleagues to make critical decisions about production, pricing, inventory and procurement. Companies also monitor, store and share market information to ensure brand protection, reputation, safety and sustainability.

Patent validity/invalidity studies

With a history of strong enforcement of intellectual property rights and corresponding patents in the chemicals industry, patent attorneys and others who typically perform a review of patent filings and non-patent literature for invalidity surveys store articles identified as relevant during this review.

Third-party collaboration

Many chemical companies work jointly on the development of new products and technology, prompting the need to share published information to effectively collaborate on such projects.(3)

Competitive intelligence

Competitive intelligence such as news articles, published literature, press releases, and other materials related to direct competitors can be stored in SharePoint or similar collaborative sites and shared with colleagues for greater insight.


Any claims made in a company’s promotional materials need to be substantiated.Some companies store the full-text documents for all supporting materials, such as published articles and conference abstracts in the same system they use to develop, manage and approve the marketing content. Additionally, many marketing teams create groups or libraries in SharePoint that include all the marketing material and published literature related to a product.


1 Outsell Inc.’s 2016 Information Seeking, Consumption and Use Report for Chemical Manufacturing Companies – North America and Europe.
2 All allowed uses are subject to the general restriction under Clause A.4(c) of the Annual Copyright License, which states that the authorization provided by Sections A.1 and A.2… does not include any right to create a library or collection intended to substantially replace User’s need for a particular Work.
3 The Collaboration License (an amendment to your organization’s Annual Copyright License) can be used to provide extended coverage to project team members who are employees of collaboration partners which also maintain an Annual Copyright License.