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Intellectual Property Helpdesk

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Submit your IP question via our Helpline service and the right expert from one of our regional teams will get back to you with initial guidance and advice on how to best tackle your specific IP issue for free and in three working days.


Practice makes perfect! Our training calendar is packed with webinars and workshops on various IP topics. Choose your favourite topic and region and start expanding your IP knowledge.

Resources & Tools

Browse our ever-growing library of user-friendly IP materials such as guides, factsheets, case studies, or video clips helping you explore IP management, protection and enforcement in different settings and regions.

Horizon IP Scan

Horizon IP Scan is a new, free-of-charge IP support service provided by the European Commission specifically designed to help European start-ups and other SMEs involved in EU-funded collaborative research projects to efficiently manage and valorise IP in collaborative R&I efforts.

Do you have a question about IP?

Submit your question and receive an answer from our IP experts within 3 working days – and it’s free of charge!

Introduction to IP Management

Getting started

What are different types of IP? What are key IP challenges when entering into cross-border business relations or doing business outside Europe? And how do you properly assess your IP? These are only some of the questions this section addresses. Learn more about some of the basics of IP and IP management, and get ready!

IP in business

Managing IP in business highlights important aspects, decisions and processes to be addressed by SMEs when setting up and implementing their IP strategy.
Find out more about the different facets of IP management in various scenarios: from taking your business abroad, finding partners, or choosing the right commercialisation model for your IP.

IP issues

Intellectual Property Rights
Infringement and Enforcement
IP management
IP & Thematic areas
IP in EU-funded research projects

About the IP Helpdesk

Aiming to support IP capacity building along the full scale of IP practices, we provide free-of-charge, first-line support to European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on IP management, protection and enforcement covering six different regions: China, Europe, India, Latin America, South-East Asia and Africa. The European IP Helpdesk additionally assists SMEs and researchers participating in EU-funded research and innovation projects in dealing with IP issues related to these specific programmes.

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