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Our IP Guides provide you with comprehensive overviews on specific fields of intellectual property rights (IPR) and IP management, including practical tips and further resources.

European IP Helpdesk Guide Cybercrimes

 

Cybercrimes and Trade Secret Protection

New digital technologies and the Internet, in particular, have become essential tools for companies to develop, communicate and innovate. However, while technologies are more and more efficient, increasing our dependence, cybercrimes also proliferate. Theft of trade secrets via cyber intrusion is particularly concerning for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as they run the risk of losing their innovations or business ideas when valuable information gets misappropriated. This guide, jointly created with the China IP SME Helpdesk, focuses on cyber security and trade secret protection in the EU and China, providing EU SMEs with an overview of cyber security risks to trade secret protection, measures SMEs can take against potential cybercrimes as well as legal recourse in case cyber-theft of IP occurs.

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Successful Valorisation of Knowledge and Research Results in Horizon Europe

Valorising research results and scientific knowledge is key to delivering new solutions that benefit society and economy. Proficient intellectual property (IP) management is one of the major facilitators (in fact, prerequisites) of enhanced knowledge valorisation, which ensures additional value is created from projects funded under the EU’s current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon Europe”. This guide helps clarify different concepts and terminology by briefly introducing key pillars of the EU’ knowledge valorisation policy before illustrating the differences between communication, dissemination and exploitation activities as well as the areas they have in common. Intended as an introduction, it aims to provide orientation for developing your project’s outreach and exploitation strategy.

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Intellectual Property systems : China / Europe comparison

 

Intellectual Property Systems: China/Europe Comparison

Intellectual Property (IP), as an intangible asset, is a key factor in the competitiveness of your business in the global economy. IP is a primary method for securing a return on investment in innovation and is particularly relevant to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as they internationalise their business to areas such as Mainland China. Find out more about the differences between the EU and the Chinese IP systems.

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Your Guide to IP in Horizon 2020

 

Your Guide to IP in Horizon 2020

Horizon.2020 is the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation with nearly €80 billion of funding available from 2014-2020. Being the financial instrument to implement the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative, Horizon 2020 aims to ensure Europe’s global competitiveness and to create smart and sustainable growth in the European Union. The purpose of this guide is to provide you with basic facts on central Intellectual Property (IP) aspects in Horizon 2020 projects.

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Your Guide to IP Commercialisation

 

Your Guide to IP Commercialisation

Commercialisation is the process of turning products and services into a commercially viable value. Concerning Intellectual Property (IP), this term can be more specifically defined as the process of bringing IP to the market in view of future profits and business growth. The purpose of this guide is to provide you with basic facts on Intellectual Property (IP) aspects in commercialisation activities.

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Your Guide to IP in Europe

 

Your Guide to IP in Europe

Intellectual property (IP) management is a key element in improving the competitiveness of any company. Unfortunately, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often lack the time, resources, or knowledge to address IP matters. This guide aims at providing answers to some of the main IP issues often faced by SMEs. It has been developed on the basis of the answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) submitted by users through the European IP Helpdesk website and Helpline.

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Your Guide to IP and Contracts

 

Your Guide to IP and Contracts

IP can be transferred or licensed, offered to enter into cooperation agreements or contributed as capital in a joint venture. Protecting and managing IP through well-drafted agreements is key for business success. Therefore, the purpose of this guide on IP and contracts is to be a useful tool regarding IP exploitation and management. It aims to help businesses better understand contracts in the IP field and to get an idea on different key points and how these should be drafted.

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Your Guide to IP Management in International Business

 

Your Guide to IP Management in International Business

Taking your business international can be quite challenging and may entail a number of risks, especially for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It may be intimidating to properly address all relevant financial and regulatory aspects linked to such a step, while at the same time reaching out to potential business partners abroad. This guide provides you with basic facts on Intellectual Property (IP) aspects in international business.

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EU IP HD Guide Professional updated

 

10 Steps to Find a Suitable IP Professional

Intellectual property (IP) is a multi-disciplinary area at an intersection between law, science and research, arts and literature, finance, and social sciences. It requires vast expertise in several areas and comprehensive know-how when taking decisions regarding your IP assets and when having support from professional advisors.

IP professionals act as support mechanisms in helping to solve your IP based issues. Therefore, finding a suitable IP professional is of utmost importance in obtaining high quality advice.

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