EUROPEAN IPR HELPDESK - CONSORTIUM
The European IPR Helpdesk is a project funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement No 641474, and managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). It provides free-of-charge, first-line advice and information on Intellectual Property (IP).
The services of the European IPR Helpdesk are delivered and managed by a consortium established by the three partners infeurope S.A., Eurice GmbH and IPIL G.I.E.
infeurope is a Luxembourg-based IT services provider, designing, developing and managing multilingual information and documentary systems in many application areas and business sectors. For more than 30 years the company has delivered IT systems and solutions, and IT consultancy and staffing services to its clients in Luxembourg and across Europe. Since December 2010 the infeurope-led consortium has provided the European Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk on behalf of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (now the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises). Moreover, infeurope has substantial know-how in analysis, design, development, integration and maintenance of applications in the field of patent asset management.
For an international intellectual property legal practice, infeurope developed an application supporting the administrative tasks of IP departments across the globe in the creation and maintenance of intellectual property rights (trademarks, patents, designs, etc.), accompanying the full lifecycle of an IP asset.
infeurope has already delivered services to the European Patent Office for the design, development and maintenance of complex patent registration systems.
In addition, over a period of several years infeurope provided IT services to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), with a substantial on-site team at the OHIM offices in Spain working on core business systems for administration, workflow, publication and billing. infeurope has also implemented the Madrid Protocol System standard at OHIM for its communication with the WIPO in Geneva.
The European Research and Project Office GmbH - Eurice offers support for successful participation in European framework programmes for research and innovation: from the initial project idea followed by strategic planning and successful implementation of the project to the exploitation of research results. Eurice was founded in 2000 and is among the largest European consulting companies for international scientific projects. As a highly innovative SME, Eurice regularly occupies a leading position in the corresponding rankings.
The Eurice team of experts consisting of 40 consultants has been involved in the implementation of more than 250 European cooperations in research and technology covering all major areas of research.
Established as a key partner in European initiatives aimed at better protecting and commercialising research results, the Eurice European IPR Helpdesk team is committed to the implementation of communication and awareness-raising activities and to the provision of extensive training services in the areas of IP management and capacity building.
The Intellectual Property Institute Luxembourg (IPIL) G.I.E.
The Intellectual Property Institute Luxembourg (IPIL) G.I.E. has been created by the Luxembourg Council of Ministers the 1st August 2014, with the objective to federate and put at disposal to national economic actors competencies in Intellectual Property.
The IPIL has been created from the Centre de Veille Technologique of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (former Public Research Centre Henri Tudor) that has been active for more than 20 years in intellectual property as well as in technology and competitive intelligence fields.
Since its creation, it has developed numerous competences, activities and networks in the above-mentioned fields. Concerning intellectual property, it has set-up IP-related services and activities covering a whole range of IP matters, from industrial property to copyright and related rights to soft IP. These services have been provided to companies - especially SMEs - as well as to the research departments of research centers or patent and trade marks attorneys.
It also regularly participated in international projects in the IP field and in in networks at the international level, and has therefore established strong connections with the majority of the national IP offices of European countries, the European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The proximity with its customers and the strong will to provide practical solutions to their problems has led the team to regularly develop specific tools and methodologies that are to be further exploited and diffused at the international level.
It also has extensive experience in providing training at the international level gained through specific projects in the field of IP and as an expert for the European Patent Academy.