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Making use of the EU's own intellectual property

The EU's own research activities, mainly in the Joint Research Centre, are the source of much innovative and transferable scientific results. A new booklet, 'Tapping the Resources of the European Community' covers the work of some of the technology transfer projects now underw...
The EU's own research activities, mainly in the Joint Research Centre, are the source of much innovative and transferable scientific results. A new booklet, 'Tapping the Resources of the European Community' covers the work of some of the technology transfer projects now underway as part of the EU's Competitive Support Action (CSA).

The CSA initiative forms part of the Innovation programme. It funds projects dedicated to transferring technology owned and developed by the European Community to European industry. The general aim is to encourage the exploitation of spin-offs resulting from research carried out mainly by the JRC. CSA projects cover activities such as assessing new technologies, the search for licensees, market studies, or packaging, validation, prototyping and demonstration dealing with the final stages of the utilisation of research results.

The new brochure outlines how these projects work and details several examples from the first batch of CSA projects, completed at the end of 1996. These include developments in optics, based on an interferometric system which can detect movements as small as one thousand millionths of a millimetre; as well as advances in security systems, like the IMSS robot, a mobile security robot.

This brochure reviews just a handful of the CSA projects as their final reports flood into the Commission. Because of this, and also because many CSA projects have only recently started and will continue up to 2003, the Commission plans to produce more of these brochures in the future.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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