EU funded projects

Transferring projects results to a new entity

“Nemo dat quod non habet” – “no one gives what he doesn't have”.

APEx was a CIP-ICT-PSP project under which national archival institutions from 33 European countries and the International Centre for Archival Research have released a new version of the Internet portal for documents and archives in Europe.The APEx consortium partners decided to transfer the results developed to a new entity – the Archives Portal Europe Foundation (APEF). A number of questions needed clarification and a common understanding among partners before the transfer occurs – the identification of the results and their respective owners.

This case study is an example of exploitation of project outcomes through the creation of a new legal entity.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new IP commercialisation crossword.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (19)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to industrial designs - industrial design protection, where and how to search registered designs, new design innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020.

Read also our interview with a young Luxembourgish designer and see her vision on Intellectual Property and design protection.  

Trade fairs - our Bulletin features an article giving practical recommendations on how to minimise the risk of infringement when exhibiting new, innovative products and services.

Article of Professor Thomas Gergen explains the advantages and risks in mediation procedures, as possible alternative to solve intellectual property disputes.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new design crossword.

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The second monitoring report on Horizon 2020

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has published the second monitoring report on the activities, results and impacts of the Horizon 2020 funding programme.

The report provides an assessment of the calls closed in 2015 along with the updated data for 2014 calls, as well as aggregation for both years. The study underlines the most important issues related to performance as measured by the key performance indicators, implementation aspects and participation trends.

From the intellectual property aspect, the report includes preliminary statistics related to output of projects, in particular publications, patent applications and patent grants, although many of the projects have not yet produced large numbers of publications and patents as they are still in their very early phases.

Nevertheless, as preliminary findings, the report shows that there are 1760 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 109 patent applications and 29 awarded patents, which can be attributed to Horizon 2020 so far.

To read the full report, please click here.


Now available: Exhibitor List for REinEU2016 Conference Bratislava

An international conference completely dedicated to excellence in European science: The REinEU2016 taking place in Bratislava from 26th to 28th October 2016 is one of the largest events during the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2016. Hundreds of representatives from European and international research and innovation communities, and the business sector will meet to discuss excellent science, research and innovation in the field of nanotechnologies, advanced materials, manufacturing and production technologies as well as biotechnology.

The European IPR Helpdesk team will join the event as one of the exhibitors. To view the full list of exhibitors, please follow the link below.

The conference includes three days of interesting and diverse talks and topics. The complete programme is available for download through the link below.

Don't miss this opportunity to make new contacts and find partners from around Europe. We are looking forward to meeting you in Bratislava and welcoming you at our booth at the exhibition.


A new edition of TECNIOspring PLUS

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) will launch a new edition of the TECNIOspring PLUS programme in October 2016.

TECNIOspring PLUS is a mobility programme co-funded by the European Union (H2020 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) which aims at fostering the mobility of experienced researchers. It offers 2-year employment contracts to experienced researchers in order to develop an applied research project with a focus on technology transfer.

The new programme will involve industry as much as possible since companies involved in research and technology transfer processes will be eligible host organisations.

If you want more information about the programme, visit the TECNIOspring PLUS webpage and/or take part in the next Infoday on July 12.

If you need further information, you can contact

The European IPR Helpdesk launches new online features

The European IPR Helpdesk has started this New Year 2016 with two fresh features on the website: From now on the team will regularly provide users with so-called “IP Specials” that will take a closer look at IP issues in a particular business sector or a European Member State. Those thematic packages may include for instance interviews, case studies or fact sheets. The new series has been kicked off with a special on "IP in the Bio-Sector".

Additionally, the European IPR Helpdesk has opened a new section called “IP and Innovation in the Spotlight” offering articles, interviews, success stories, Helpline cases as well as news from the team and the world of IP in an online magazine way.

Both new formats aim to give users additional access to the broad range of IP-related content that the European IPR Helpdesk team constantly develops.

Commission’s evaluation on the 7th Framework Programme

The European Commission has published its evaluation for the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), based on the report prepared by an independent group of high level experts, as well as the Commission's response to expert group’s recommendations.

The evaluation found out that the FP7 has greatly improved scientific excellence in Europe and strengthened its competitiveness by enhancing industry's capacity to innovate and by contributing to growth and jobs in Europe.

For more information about the European Commission’s evaluation, please click here.


Independent High Level Expert Group report on FP7

The independent High Level Expert Group (HLEG), appointed by the European Commission, has completed its study on the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and presented the HLEG report to the Commission.

The report includes the achievements and impacts of the full range of actions funded by FP7 between 2007-2013 encompassing participation patterns, dissemination, quality assessment and results of projects as well as project outcomes related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

According to the study, "1586 IPR were reported in 7288 projects and 81% of them were patent applications". The main theme for IPR was “nanosciences, nonotechnologies, materials and new production technologies” under Cooperation programme of FP7, for which 296 patent applications were filed.

The Commission's formal communication on the conclusions of HLEG report accompanied by its observations is foreseen in early 2016.

To read the full report, please click here.


The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017

The second Horizon 2020 Work Programme covering the years 2016-2017 has just been published by the European Commission. Through this new Work Programme, Horizon 2020 will continue to fund SMEs, researchers and innovators working on the latest breakthrough, promoting international cooperation in research and innovation.

Information on future funding opportunities under the different parts of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 are available on the Participant Portal at the following link.