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Intellectual property is an integral part of any business strategy. Knowing how to manage your IP effectively can help you promote your business or maximise the impact of your research & innovation project.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property matters can be complex and full of legal jargon. The purpose of the IP Helpdesk is to help you navigate this landscape and provide you with the tools to better understand how IP applies to your business, product or R&D activities and results. This will allow you to make informed and strategic decisions regarding your assets.

Please click on the links below to find out more about the different types of IP and IP rights. Or if you would like to get a better grasp of IP in a certain context, you can delve deeper into separate pages on: Getting Started, IP in Business, Enforcement and Infringements, IP &  Thematic areas, IP in EU-funded Research Projects.

Getting started

Click here to find out more about intellectual property basics and to understand how IP could apply to your business.

IP in Business

IP is an integral part of doing business. In this section you will find out how IP applies to various aspects of a business cycle.

Infringement and Enforcement

There might come a moment that your intellectual property is infringed. If so, you’ll want to enforce your rights. Please click here to find out more about the enforcement of your IP.

IP & Thematic Areas

IP is an integral part of doing business. The fact that it is so ingrained in nearly everything in a business cycle adds a layer of complexity. In this section we unpack these linkages for you and highlight how IP is linked to a number of key trends and thematic areas.

IP in EU-funded Research Projects

A strong understanding of IP is essential at various stages of an EU-funded project: starting with a successful proposal, through smooth project implementation to sound exploitation of research results. Here you will find all you need to know about the impact of proficient IP management throughout the lifecycle of a research and innovation project.

Resources and tools

IP resource library

IP tools

Managing IP regionally

IP systems, legislation and practices vary across the world. It is therefore that the IP Helpdesk provides specific information for a number of key regions: China, Europe, India, Latin America and South-east Asia. Click on the links below to find out more about the IP specificities in these regions!

Regional Helpdesks

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