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The European Community's INNOVATION programme (specific programme for the dissemination and exploitation of research results) offers services aimed at raising awareness of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the patent system, as well as providing advice and information to ...
The European Community's INNOVATION programme (specific programme for the dissemination and exploitation of research results) offers services aimed at raising awareness of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the patent system, as well as providing advice and information to companies.

Large numbers of companies carrying out research and development work in Europe do not use the patent system. In particular SMEs, which do not have the resources to search patent databases and evaluate the true worth of their inventions, often do not protect their work under European law.

The INNOVATION programme is developing multimedia training tools on patents and IPRs, as well as organizing seminars and conferences designed to meet the needs of specific enterprises.

For companies participating in INNOVATION-funded projects, access is available to the "Quick scan" service, which searches patent databases worldwide to offer an analysis of the current state of research in a particular field. Companies can then determine their chances of patenting an invention, or avoid repeating research already carried out.

The INNOVATION programme's "Patent support services" offers expert advice on intellectual property issues to companies participating in Community-funded research programmes. This scheme helps companies with patent questions during the first year of a project. The programme is also developing a "Patent help line" for companies participating in EC research programmes.

In addition to helping project participants directly, the INNOVATION programme will run patent training seminars for the project officers of all EC research programmes, so that they can advise participants in projects under their control directly.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII
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