The paper presents the results of a major European initiative co-funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) of the European Commission: "IPeuropAware-IP Awareness and Enforcement: Modular Actions for SMEs, carried out by near to 30 national Intellectual Property (IP) offices and international organizations whose aim is to improve the protection, management and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in European SMEs. The project, funded by DG ENTR of the European Commission and managed by the Executive Agency for the Executive Agency for the Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), is coordinated by the University of Alicante (Spain).
The IPeuropAware initiative has been developed to assist SMEs (and those organizations that work on a daily basis with SMEs) in their “journey” to IP awareness and management. It endeavours to turn “IPR novice/beginner” SMEs into “IPR-active” enterprises, by improving IP protection, IP strategy and enforcement of Europe’s SMEs. These objectives can only be achieved with a sound, comprehensive and well-structured set of targeted actions which embrace activities of different nature ranging from state-of-the-art and SMEs’ needs analyses, training/coaching schemes, design of IP-related support services, to cooperation and networking among national IP offices and other organizations in support of innovation and intellectual property.
Authors: Christina Nordstrom (Swedish Patent and Registration Office) and Michelle Grindle ( University of Alicante) with the consultation and assistance of Antonella Vulcano and Rebeca Lucas from INNOVA S.p.A.
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