How to search for patent information

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has produced a fact sheet explaining how to carry out a patent search using one of the most used patent databases, Espacenet, which includes quick and advanced search options.

Conducting patent searches is very useful for several purposes, not only for organizations such as SMEs and universities, but also for researchers. However, in order to perform good and useful searches, it is essential to understand the structure of patent information, whatever form it can take (full text or bibliographic) as well as where and how to use the search tools available - elements that we will also present in this fact sheet.

The aim of this fact sheet is thus to introduce this complex tool to you, in a user-friendly fashion.

Intellectual Property rules within the Fusion for Energy contractual framework

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has published a new fact sheet on the IP rules governing the Fusion for Energy (F4E) contractual framework.

F4E is the joint undertaking of Euratom and responsible for providing Europe’s contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project. F4E is in charge of the preparation, management, technical and administrative support, and the construction of equipment and installations for the realisation of ITER. The full involvement of the industry, including large companies, consortia, European laboratories and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) will be essential for the success of the joint construction of ITER. For this purpose, F4E intends to contract with such entities for the acquisition of goods and/or services through procurement contracts, and for the undertaking of research activities through grant agreements.

The aim of the this fact sheet is to provide a comprehensive overview of the specific IP regime applicable to F4E contracts and to tackle the basic IP issues that participants in the programme may encounter when preparing and participating in F4E activities.

How to manage IP in FP7 during and after the project

We are pleased to announce that the European IPR Helpdesk has now published the third and final fact sheet dedicated to IP management in the framework of FP7 projects. The purpose of this document is to highlight the steps beneficiaries need to follow to pave the way forward for the exploitation and dissemination of the IP generated during the implementation stage.

With the three fact sheets, we provide you with a general overview of the entire FP7 process, from the proposal stage until the end of the project. All these factsheets are strictly interconnected and therefore a thoroughgoing reading of all three is strongly advisable for a better understanding of the issues at stake.