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Whether you are a coffee or a tea lover this new case study will surely interest you. It tells the story of how two Spanish entrepreneurs effectively protected and managed their IP rights and IP strategy thanks to the services provided free of charge by IVACE (a Spanish institute of business competitiveness, member of the Enterprise Europe Network).

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The business opportunities offered by the Internet and IT in general are immense. Some of the most successful computer and internet-based businesses started with simple ideas and very low economic investment thanks to the possibilities offered by free and open source software.

This is exactly how it started for Cloud Number Nine, whose business story is explained in this new case study. With a simple and yet innovative idea, the founders of Cloud Number Nine have created a profitable business and changed the lives of many internet music service users.

Like most unique food and wine products whose quality and reputation are strictly linked to their geographical origin, Lambrusco, maybe the most famous sparkling red wine in the world, is protected at European Union level by several geographical indications.

Geographical indications (GIs) are valuable intangible assets and their protection and enforcement constitute a crucial step to retain the related competitive advantage.

Sometimes, it is not always very easy to put inventions into practice, albeit the invention itself is highly valuable, as it might be challenging to exploit the IP assets without receiving any guidance on taking the initial steps for commercialisation.

In this inspirational case study, you will witness how a Turkish entrepreneur/academician was supported, when he needed assistance in the exploitation of his invention, and how this story led to the creation of a successful start-up for commercialisation of the world’s first patented voice therapy device.

The use of copyrighted works, in particular text and image-based works, is intensive and pervasive in most companies. In this regard, the combination of low copyright awareness with fast and easy ways to access and share information has created one of the most important challenges facing companies today — copyright risk management.

This case study, based on the direct experience of a software company, illustrates how to avoid pitfalls in copyright management.

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.
Being a leader in a market sometimes deters companies from investing in R&D activities as they rely on their current market shares. However, for sustainable success in business, companies should not ignore innovation and they ought to consider intellectual property as a part of their business strategies.

“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.


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.

One day in August 2005, a student of Professor D. Iannuzzi at VU University Amsterdam came to his office because in his experiment on some quantum force measurements, he could not get rid of an artefact of the instrument he was using. To solve that specific problem, Professor Iannuzzi came up with the idea of fiber-top technology.

Biotechnology is a field where technology advances rapidly. For this reason, it is vital for any company operating in this sector to protect the innovations that they generate with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

In this case study you can see the example of Keygene, an SME that has been able to reap the entire benefit from their intellectual property capital by setting an IP strategy from the outset in line with their core business and put it into operational phases via proper IP management.