Transferring projects results to a new entity

“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.

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Technology Licensing-in

Successful industries survive on continuous innovation, bringing to the market new products and services by developing or acquiring cutting-edge technology. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

This fact sheet analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing-in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

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The 2017 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award

Successful technology transfer describes the process of converting scientific findings from research laboratories into innovative products, processes and services by the commercial sector.

During the 2017 European Robotics Forum (ERF), the three most outstanding examples of technology transfer in robot technology and automation will receive the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award (cash awards and signed certificates).

Applications are invited from individuals or teams from:

  • industry, if technology transfer has taken place in Europe;
  • universities, research organizations or laboratories that are located in Europe.

The application deadline is February 5, 2017.

Further information on the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award is available here.


TECNIOspring PLUS 1st call for proposals is open!

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) opened the 1st call of the TECNIOspring PLUS programme, which will close on February 1, 2017.

TECNIOspring PLUS is a mobility programme co-funded by the European Union (H2020 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) which aims at fostering the mobility of experienced researchers. It offers 2-year employment contracts to experienced researchers in order to develop an applied research project with a focus on technology transfer.

All the information about the programme and the open call can be found at For  further information, contact


EuKTS certification for knowledge transfer professionals

The European Knowledge and Technology Transfer Society (EuKTS) has launched its certification programme aiming to raise the standard and recognition of knowledge transfer professionals throughout their career.


  • you are active in the field of knowledge and technology transfer,
  • you are looking for a high level standard of your professional skills, irrespective of the industry, the public or private sector or the country of your practice,
  • you would like an international recognition to boost your career and mobility,

then EuKTS is expecting your applications for certification.

EuKTS offers you the highest certification standards based on an international framework and curriculum covering the different levels of your career.

The application is free of charge until the end of 2016.

For more information, please log on to the updated EUKTS website.


EuKTS Grandfathering Certification Programme

The European Knowledge and Technology Transfer Society (EuKTS) has just launched its Grandfathering Certification Programme aiming at raising the standard and recognition of Knowledge Transfer professionals throughout their career.

Therefore, if you are active in the field of knowledge and technology transfer, you are looking for a high level standard of your professional skills and you are willing to obtain an international recognition to boost your career and mobility, do not miss this opportunity by applying for a EUKTS Certification.

Further information along with the application form is available here.


Intellectual property rights of broadcasting organisations

WIPO has initiated discussions regarding a potential treaty protecting IPR of broadcasting organisations.

From 8 - 12 December, the WIPO Copyright Committee held their last meeting of 2014 on IPR-related topics, with positive outcomes. 

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) allocated an important amount of its schedule to a potential treaty protecting IP rights of broadcasting organisations.

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The growth of DesignView

The volume of design data available via the search tool DesignView has lately been significantly increased.

The members giving access to their specific design data include the following: the Austrian patent Office (ÖPA), the Spanish Patent and Trade Mark Office (OEPM), the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), the Mexican Institute of industrial Property (IMPI), the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC), the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of Russia (Rospatent).

For further details, please click here. 

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A segue to innovative workshops

The European Commission is creating an extensive list of economists, researchers and experts to jumpstart a series of workshops on major issues in relation to the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the European Union.

This initiative is moreover accentuated by Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of IPR as well as the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on trade secrets.

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Intellectual property management in open innovation

During recent decades, the R&D field has witnessed a rise in technological complexity. This entails the presence of a pool of intellectual property (IP) rights within the most advanced products and services. Also considering that the number of patent filings increases steadily, companies therefore have to rely on third party IP rights to innovate.
A natural outcome of this multi-invention background is the need for companies to cooperate with other research and technology development performers (RTDs) in order to produce innovative solutions.
This fact sheet aims to highlight the importance of the open innovation model as an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as for research and technology organisations (RTOs), and to highlight the issues to be taken into account for a proper management of IP when innovating through open approaches.
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