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European IPR Helpdesk Annual Event 2018: Digital Transformation - Intellectual Property (IP) and Blockchain Technologies

Contributed by: European IPR Helpdesk c/o European Research and Project Office GmbH - Eurice

From 2018-12-12 to 2018-12-12, Belgium
Blockchain has for too long been associated solely with the digital currency Bitcoin. But what is Blockchain technology? What makes Blockchain technology a disruptive innovation? What’s the impact of Blockchain technology on Intellectual Property and the protection of it? The European IPR Helpdesk warmly invites you to participate in its Annual/Stakeholder Event in Brussels focusing on the role of IP with regard to latest technology trends in the field of Blockchain.
European IPR Helpdesk Annual Event 2018:
Digital Transformation - Intellectual Property (IP) and Blockchain Technologies
The Annual event will take place in Brussels at the EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi), Rue du Trône 98, on 12 December 2018 from 3 pm to 6.15 pm.

Aiming to raise awareness and foster exchange on the role of Blockchain technology in the future of IP, key talks will give you the opportunity to look at this hot topic from various perspectives. The UK-based law experts Ruth Burstall and Birgit Clark will explain the potential impact of Blockchain technology on the IP-intensive industries. The European Patent Office will share the lessons learned from their Blockchain conference which takes place just a few days before our Annual Event. SIM Powerchain from the Netherlands will present its experiences in combining technology with content for smart contracts, and act as validators of the information uploaded to the Powerchain – with a particular focus on FMCG (fast moving consumer goods). Finally, the Austrian SME Vaultitude will demonstrate best practice in how to use Blockchain’s notary-like characteristics to make IP protection safer, faster, cheaper and more convenient. The event will be an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and information related to an emerging field of future IP protection.

With the current European IPR Helpdesk project coming to an end in December, the programme will be rounded off by a presentation of the team’s key achievements over the past four years and a look ahead, aiming to encourage further exchange and discussion during a get-together following the event.

For programme details and registration, please visit:

The European IPR Helpdesk team also recently launched an IP Special on "IP & Blockchain" gathering the voices of different experts in the field - take a look:

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:



    European IPR Helpdesk c/o European Research and Project Office GmbH - Eurice

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