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Intellectual Property (IP) in Europe: New Publication by the European IPR Helpdesk

Intellectual property (IP) management is a key element in improving the competitiveness of any company. Especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often lack the time, resources, or knowledge to address IP matters.

In order to provide a compact and clear-cut collection of answers to some of the main IP issues often faced by SMEs, the European IPR Helpdesk has released their new guide “IP in Europe”. The new publication has been developed on the basis of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) submitted by users through the European IPR Helpdesk website and Helpline. Each section is dedicated to one specific IP right; covering essential aspects around its regulation in Europe as well as some additional questions the European IPR Helpdesk team experienced to be important to SMEs. The guide is available in print and digital. To receive free copies, please get in touch via the European IPR Helpdesk website. The PDF version can be downloaded here: About the European IPR Helpdesk The European IPR Helpdesk is a project funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement No 641474. It supports cross-border SME and research activities to manage, diffuse and valorise technologies and other Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and IP assets at an EU level. Offering a broad range of informative material, a Helpline service for direct IP support and on-site and online training, the European IPR Helpdesk's main goal is to support IP capacity building along the full scale of IP practices: from awareness to strategic use and successful exploitation. This IP competencies empowerment focuses on EU SMEs, participants and candidates in EU-funded projects, and EU innovation stakeholders for an increased diffusion of IP into the EU innovation ecosystem. The support provided by the European IPR Helpdesk should not be considered as of a legal or advisory nature. For further information and full legal disclaimer, please refer to:


SMEs, Intellectual Property, IP, Technology Transfer, Innovation, Europe