SMEs

TAPOINTEL: Managing innovation in an SME

Every day there are many good ideas and research results that are put aside due to inappropriate innovation strategies.

This case study, based on the direct experience of Tapointel S.L., demonstrates how an SME can succeed in managing innovation and setting up an effective patent application strategy with the support of a European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador.


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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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Ask the Helpline

My company is applying to the SME Instrument (phase 2). We want to make a medical application, that seems to be very innovative, but we do not want to make any mistakes in our SME proposal. Can you indicate us how we should tackle the IP in our proposal?

The main points that should be addressed in the IP section with a proposal for the SME Instrument phase 2 calls, are listed in the “Impact section” of the Technical Annex of the proposal template. The content outlined in this section is related to the planned activities for dissemination and exploitation of the results and to intellectual property, knowledge protection and regulatory issues.
Please note that the IP subsection should tackle issues such as:

  • Identification of the background – definition of the project background, i.e. existing knowledge and other assets that will be necessary to successfully implement the project;
  • Identification of the project results - the content of your proposal does not have to be fully exhaustive on this point, but should identify the results which are foreseen, bearing in mind that unforeseen results might be created in the course of the project;
  • Identification of the corresponding intellectual property rights (if any) or alternative means of protection; you could also write about the means of securing your trade secrets (confidentiality issues); furthermore you could mention a possible trade mark protection - if you decide to commercialise your medical application under a specific name/logo with a specific geographical scope. To sum up, results generated under your project, such as data, inventions, know-how etc. — in whatever form or nature - can be managed and protected in different ways.
  • “Freedom to operate” issues;
  • Strategy for knowledge management and protection;
  • Ownership regime applicable to the results - this has to be compatible with the ownership provisions of the Grant Agreement - please see the SME Instrument Model Grant Agreement.

Please remember that the overall goal of this subsection of the proposal is to show that you have a plan for knowledge management - concrete measures to be undertaken during the project's lifetime and beyond with the purpose of allowing an optimal protection, and consequently, the most effective exploitation and dissemination of valuable assets resulting from your project.

 

Intellectual Property SME Scoreboard 2016

A new study commissioned by the European Union Intellectual property Office (EUIPO) examines in detail the use that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make of IPRs, why they do or do not register their rights, as well as the problems encountered by SMEs that do register their IPRs.

The study shows that a large majority of companies that have chosen to register their IPRs report positive effects, like increased reputation or improved image of reliability, strengthening of long-term business prospects and increased turnover.

Further information along with the full text of the report is available here.

The European IPR Helpdesk values your input!

Being a service initiative funded by the European Union, the European IPR Helpdesk provides free-of-charge and first-line IP support to European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In order to constantly adjust our services to the actual needs of our present and potential users, we are currently carrying out an online survey to better understand the driving factors, deficiencies, necessities and expectations related to the use of IP amongst SMEs in Europe.

Therefore, if you are a representative of a European SME, you have the opportunity to have your say by answering our online questionnaire available until the end of June 2016 at the following link.

This will take approximately 10 minutes and all information provided will be anonymous and handled with confidentiality.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email (service@iprhelpdesk.eu) or phone (+352 25 22 33 - 334).

Managing confidentiality when starting a business

Before starting the development of commercial activities with the support of external business partners, it is crucial to protect confidential information that can have a significant economic value. Any leakage of such information may cause irrevocable outcomes for businesses, especially during the initial stages of business development.
 
With this case study, you will discover how the Romanian entrepreneur, Monica Talpalaru, benefited from the European IPR Helpdesk services in managing confidential information when setting up her new enterprise.
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Intellectual Property made easy

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has recently created a new series of IP-based animations which aim to explain the different IP rights and how they can benefit business.

If you want to acquire basic information on Intellectual Property, this suite of 12 short animations is the perfect place for you to start.

The animations are available at the following link.