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Top user stories to inspire you and encourage to get in touch with the Helpline consultants.

Upon being awarded the SME Instrument Phase 2 grant, Terracom Informatics Ltd., a company focused on software design and development, was in need of adequate IPR protection so as to best exploit the intellectual property assets attained in the research and development of its innovative technology.

Following practical guidance on the negotiation of access rights to a patentable invention, partners of BIOCORE, a project funded under FP7, acknowledged that the European IPR Helpdesk support would help them “to better prepare the next projects and Consortium Agreements.”

The European IPR Helpdesk’s support in the discussion and agreement concerning improvements to the consortium agreement (the InnoClip project)

Fed4FIRE is an Integrating Project under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) addressing the work programme topic Future Internet Research and Experimentation. The project is performed by a consortium of 17 partner organisations from 8 countries, mainly public research organisations. The partners had some concerns related to the compatibility of the dissemination of project results with the copyright protection over these results, and praised the Helpline’s “direct and concise” assistance, which “helped a lot” during the project’s implementation. […]

The University Rovira i Virgili (URV) based in Tarragona, Spain has applied as Host Organisation for an International Outgoing Fellowship in 2012. This Marie Curie Action, funded under the Seventh Framework Programme, supports individual international mobility projects for experienced researchers, who have the opportunity within the project to be trained and to acquire knowledge in a high-level organisation outside the European Union. The Host Organisation thanked the Helpline for its support in the negotiation of a partnership agreement, highlighting that the answer received was “clear and practical” and definitely “helped clarifying how to perform the negotiation with [its] American partner”. […]

The NOVIWAM Project (Novel Integrated Water Management Systems for Southern Europe), funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) under the Regions of Knowledge Initiative, was implemented in five regions - Northern Hydrographical Region (Portugal), Andalusia (Spain), Poitou-Charentes (France), Albania and Cyprus, by a total of 19 partners, offering significant opportunities for transnational cooperation. The consortium thanked the Helpline for its “very satisfactory” assistance towards the end of the project, which helped it clear some doubts and move its activities forward into a new collaboration. […]

The ASPRE project is an ongoing FP7 project which was launched on May 1st, 2013 and is funded under the Cooperation programme. It is carried out by a consortium of five partners from Finland, Germany, Iceland, Israel, and the United Kingdom and coordinated by the Fetal Medicine Foundation in the UK. Following practical guidance on the negotiation of security and confidentiality clauses with storage providers, the partners appreciated the Helpline’s “prompt and detailed response”, which “was really helpful”. […]

The ECOBIONET project is a Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) Eco-Innovation project funded by the second call launched in 2009 and which lasted from September 2010 to August 2013. The consortium was composed of two SMEs from Spain, one German SME, a research organisation from Belgium and a research organisation from Spain. The partners thanked the Helpline for helping them implement the obligations included in their consortium agreement, stating that “the advice and support provided will be used for future projects”. […]

With a consortium of three universities, four European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and two end-user entities, the E-Stocking project was set up in 2012 and funded under the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme. The project coordinator praised the quality of the support provided on an issue related to the joint ownership and exploitation of project results, stating that he was “extremely pleased with the cooperation with the European IPR Helpdesk and impressed with the sharpness and prompt solution to [the partners’] problem”. […]