Looking around Europe: Innovation Scoreboard 2017

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The European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

The 2017 edition of the Scoreboard presents a refined analytical framework. New indicators capture investments in skills, digital readiness, entrepreneurship, and public-private innovation partnerships. In addition, a new toolbox with contextual data can be used to analyse and compare structural differences between countries.

The new scoreboard reveals that EU innovation performance continues to increase, especially due to improvements in human resources, the innovation-friendly environment, own-resource investments, and attractive research systems. There are, however, significant differences between the European countries. At the level of individual Member States, results differ with an increase in performance in 15 countries and a decrease in performance in 13 countries.

As part of a country’s innovation system, IP assets are among the factors analysed in the Scoreboard. The services of the European IPR Helpdesk aim to reach innovators all across Europe providing them with the support they need in in their individual IP management. We have set up our regional ambassador scheme in the framework of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) to do exactly this and provide SMEs and researchers with IP support at their doorstep. For more information on our ambassador scheme and to find your closest national European IPR Helpdesk ambassador, please visit the ambassador section of our website.

The full Innovation Scoreboard and related material can be downloaded here.