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The European IPR Helpdesk is the official IP service initiative of the European Commission providing free-of-charge, first-line advice and information on Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). 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.

If you need assistance on a specific IPR issue, or would like to be informed about the latest developments in the world of IP and R&D in Europe, or if you are interested in training on IPR – the European IPR Helpdesk is the right partner to contact.


The Helpline service is operated by a team of IP experts. It offers tailor-made advice on individual IP and IPR questions, and provides written answers within three working days. The team also assesses and revises IP related issues within contracts and other agreements such as licensing or distribution agreements, joint ownership agreements and consortium agreements.

Your confidential information is safe with us. The European Commission contractually requires the European IPR Helpdesk to treat all information and documents received from you and dealt with by the Helpline in strictest confidence and to not make use of, nor divulge any information to third parties. The same contractual obligations are required of each member of the Helpline staff. We respect the confidentiality of any information which is provided by you and linked to execution of the Helpline’s tasks, even after completion of the project.

Awareness Raising & Training

The European IPR Helpdesk team participates in brokerage events and conferences to inform about the services, and organises individual IPR training sessions throughout Europe: both as on-site training or as web-based seminars, which participants can join conveniently from their own computers.

Publications & Informative Material

Various publications such as guides, fact sheets or case studies provide useful information and practical guidance on how to tackle IP issues in business or during an EU-funded collaborative research project. All documents can be found in an online library on the European IPR Helpdesk website. In addition, a regular email newsletter and a quarterly Bulletin make sure that you are up to date on the latest IP and IPR news. The team also provides informative material on request which can be distributed on events or in daily business.

Do you want to know more about the EU IPR Helpdesk? Please visit the European IPR Helpdesk website or get directly in touch with the Helpdesk team:

Phone: +352 25 22 33 333  |   Fax: +352 25 22 33 334  |  Email:

For specific questions regarding training, please send an email to

or call the training team at: +49 681 95 92 33 79.


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