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News article20 July 2021

Successful technology transfer: European IP Helpdesk and European Patent Office collaborate on new case study series launched today

The European IP Helpdesk has teamed up with the Chief Economist unit of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Patent Academy to develop a new series of case studies showcasing how patents facilitate technology transfer from universities and public research organisations in Europe and help boost their market success.

Today, the first three cases of this new series have been published on the EPO’s website. Additional case studies are set to be released later this year. Featuring spin-outs and start-ups from Ireland, Sweden and Turkey, this initial set of case studies traces the success stories of innovative technologies for new textiles, wound treatment, and novel therapies for stress urinary incontinence.

The case studies are accompanied by a series of podcasts on the EPO’s channel “Talk Innovation”, which are hosted by the European IP Helpdesk. The first podcast, also published today, introduces the story of Oxeon’s route to commercial success, a manufacturer of innovative woven carbon fibre materials co-founded by the inventor of this new weaving technology. In the 20-minutes episode Oxeon’s vice-president of marketing and sales, Andreas Martsman and the co-author of the case study, Caroline Pamp, share their perspectives on the journey from the university’s lab to the market, which would not have been possible without patent protection.

The launch of the new case study series forms an important milestone in the EPO’s and European IP Helpdesk’s shared mission to develop hands-on, relatable and practical information material to raise awareness of the value of intellectual property (IP) in general, and to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), academic institutions and public research organisations make better use of the patent system in particular.





Publication date
20 July 2021