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Latin America - Meet the team

The Latin America IP SME Helpdesk is an initiative of the European Commission, implemented by the following consortium partners:

The University of Alicante (coordinator) provides expertise in IPRs, has a strong track record of successful projects in Latin America (coordinator of MERCOSUR and current LA IP SME Helpdesk), excellent know-how in project management, dissemination, impact monitoring and it also provides IT support to projects. UA is the founder and leader of key initiatives in the field of IPRs on an European and international level, providing IPR-related services to SMEs, among others. It has a renowned IPR Masters Programme (Magister Lvcentinvs) and a wide network of contacts, including active cooperation agreements and projects with key actors such as EPO, OHIM, WIPO, EEN, as well as relevant networks in the field of IP such as EIPIN.
As the major Pan-European Business Organisation, Eurochambres represents over 20 million businesses in Europe (more than 93 % of which are SMEs) through 45 members, 43 national associations of chambers of commerce and industry (CCIs) and 2 transnational chamber organisations, as well as a network of 1700 regional and local chambers. Eurochambres strives to improve the general conditions under which businesses operate and to facilitate the access to markets within and beyond the EU. It seeks to increase and diversify the European Union’s economic presence in Latin America.
Development Solutions (DS) is a consultancy from the UK with extensive experience in the design and implementation of EU-funded business support, trade, technical assistance, and capacity building projects in Europe, Asia (China and South-East Asia, in particular), and across Latin America. With these projects, DS has established a strong understanding of the wider context of EU-Asia trade, business and IP issues, developed through a series of EU-funded IP studies and training projects. DS has been the lead organisation in the design and delivery of the ASEAN IP SME Helpdesk, running 2012-present and the China IP SME Helpdesk, running 2008-present.
SD Policies Limited is a European consultancy with offices in Europe and China, and a focus on the management of EU-funded projects in third countries. The company has deep experience in serving the international donor and business community in support of a wide range of sustainable commerce, investment, and development goals. Their expertise is built on strong grounds in project design and management, research, policy and regulatory analysis, event organisation and logistics, support to the public policy and outreach, and the management of capacity strengthening programs for governments.
Technopolis is an experienced provider of evaluations, policy advice and support of decision-making to organisations. Its mission is to address economic growth by means of science, technology and innovation. It has also developed a rich portfolio of quality studies and evaluations in the field of intellectual property and SMEs. In the field of IP, Technopolis has designed many projects in which it has provided up-to-date advice for designing, monitoring and assessing IPR policies and strategies. In the last five years, it has conducted over 26 projects related to intellectual property for institutions such as WIPO, the European Patent Office, the European Commission, European and international ministries, universities and other public institutions.