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EIMS Directory of technology brokers in Europe

The European Commission, DG XIII, has recently published a Directory of Technology Brokers in Europe. This publication is the latest in a series published by the European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS). It is the result of an EIMS study on the current state of development...

The European Commission, DG XIII, has recently published a Directory of Technology Brokers in Europe. This publication is the latest in a series published by the European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS). It is the result of an EIMS study on the current state of development of technology brokerage services throughout the European Union. The technology brokers' roles are analyzed with regard to structure, range of activities and the significance and evolution of the profession within the wider framework of technology development services. The findings are published in three volumes: - Technology Brokers in Europe: Summary (Volume 1); - Technology Brokers in Europe: European Union, USA and Japan national reports (Volume 2); - Technology Brokers in Europe: Directory (Volume 3). For the purposes of the study, technology brokers are defined as intermediaries between technology suppliers and users, who deal with ready-to-use technologies or technologies which have already been patented. Only organizations which are able to assist their clients right up to the signature of an agreement are included, to the exclusion of those who provide only contact or information services. The development of technology brokerage services has been encouraged for several years now by both national governments and, at European Level, by the Community's Strategic Programme for Innovation and Technology Transfer (SPRINT). The value of such services in promoting innovation and technology transfer, particularly with regard to the SME sector, is now widely recognized.

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