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 using  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 12.7 times per week with 9 other people, and 45% 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 an enterprise wide, single source, global licensing solution that empowers professionals to store and efficiently collaborate using 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.

Application Engineering

When investigating new uses for existing molecules, an early step in the process includes a review of the molecule’s current applications, toxicology and adverse events, and environmental implications. Research teams in different areas often store related articles on collaboration sites (2) for a more extensive review of existing literature.

Regulatory Submissions

Companies need to store all articles related to a regulatory filing whether provided as full-text documents or cited in the submission materials in a regulatory submission software. Organizations can store and submit copies of articles where required as part of a regulatory submission.

Market Monitoring

Variable market conditions such as the pricing trends of raw materials and energy can greatly impact the chemical manufacturing industry. Market reports can be stored on collaboration sites so they can be consulted by colleagues who don’t routinely require access to those reports to make critical decisions about production, pricing, inventory, and procurement.

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

The development of environmentally friendly packaging that prolongs the shelf life of a new food product may require that the project team work directly with a small group from the food manufacturer. Both teams need to collaborate using the same data and source materials. The Collaboration License, an amendment to your organization’s Multinational Copyright License, can be used to provide extended coverage to project team members who are employees of collaboration partners who also maintain a Copyright Clearance Center Copyright License. This allows project team members from your company and another licensed organization to collaborate with one another using published research and other content in the License repertory as part of their joint efforts within a specific project workgroup.

Competitive intelligence

Teams can host a competitive intelligence site that contains news articles, published literature, press releases, and other materials related to direct competitors.


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.


1 Outsell Inc.’s 2020 Information Seeking and Consumption Study.
2 All authorized uses under the Multinational Copyright License are subject to the general restriction that the authorization provided by the license does not include any right to create a library or collection intended to substantially replace the user’s need for a particular work.