The European Commission intends to increase Venture Capital Sought for EU's $80 Billion to help SMEs get financing

Venture capital funds have a close link with the overall approach we have in the Single Market Strategy, in order to help SMEs get financing, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said.

The SME Instrument Phase 2: an EU funding source that innovative SMEs should not neglect

38 innovative SMEs from 13 countries have been selected by the European Commission in the latest round of Horizon2020 SME Instrument Phase 2. Each project, 33 in total, will receive up to € 2.5 million. More

Ten ways businesses and innovative SMEs can benefit from patents other than by practising them

4 IP Council, an IP friendly think tank comprising academics, former high-level EU officials and leading technology inventors in Europe, sees creativity and inventiveness as a right to be protected and rewarded. 4 IP Council just published a briefing illustrating the multiple functions and benefits of patents. 

US App Association sponsored by IEEE IP free-riders joins FRAND fray on standard-essential patents

ACT, The App Association, representing more than 5000 app companies and information technology firms in the mobile economy, and notably sponsored by Apple, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft, recently announced a new web resource called “All Things FRAND” supported by significant. ACT is headquartered in the U.S. but is also active abroad. All things FRAND is a web repository for academic articles, legal cases, agency guidance, and other writings about FRAND licensing. More                                                                                                                                                     

A new step to making the EU Unitary patent a reality

The EU Unitary patent will provide a new way for inventors and innovators to protect their patent in the EU. Today, the patents are awarded by national IP offices and give protection in one country. The EU Unitary patent means that just a single application will be needed for a patent grant, providing a one stop shop covering the territory of 26 EU countries. It will reduce patenting costs for companies, especially SMEs and start-ups.

EVENT: on November 29, SME's innovation, Intellectual Property Rights, Data Protection and EU Funding to be discussed in Berlin

Meetup organises on November 29 in Berlin a discussion on Patent, Innovation Funding and Data Protection.

EVENT:  9 to 11 December 2015 -  ETSI organizes M2M Workshop

ETSI organises a workshop on 5G topics and more specifically the machine to machine capabilities and the Internet of Things. This event is relevant for all SMEs having interest in the 5G standards settings.

EVENT:  23 November 2015 - Transport SME Innovation day, organised by the EU Commission.

European Commission's officials (DG Research) will present the EU finance for innovators in transportation industry. This event will take place in Brussels. 

Technology "free-riders" lobby group sets shop in Brussels : the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA)

A group of companies including Volkswagen, Cisco, HP and Intel announced yesterday the creation of the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA).

European Commission to support IoT development

European Commission announces a “Call for Proposals on Internet of Things (IoT) Large Scale Pilots (LSPs)” to encourage the development of IoT in Europe and enable the emergence of IoT ecosystems supported by open technologies and platforms. The call ends on 12/04/2016.

European Commission provides 50.000€ in seed funding for Startups

More than 140 european SMEs have been selected to receive 50.000€ in funding and business coaching to help the SME draft an initial business plan under Horizon 2020 program.

5G standards - work already in progress

The EU 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) represents a investment of €3.5bn, including €700m of public funding. Phase 1 of the 5G PPP project should result in the first contributions to international standardisation as well as the preparation of the World Radiocommunications Conference 2019.

Socialist MEP asks EU Commission about plans to improve access to justice for SMEs

Nicola Caputo, Italian Member of European Parliament, asked the European Commission how it intends to reduce the litigation costs for SMEs and support the alternative forms of dispute resolution (such as mediation).

EU Commission investing 3 billion for innovative SMEs

Kristin Schreiber, director of the COSME program within DG Growth at the European Commission, explains the measures adopted towards SMEs.

SMEs to enter in the negotiation's scope of T-TIP with a yet unclear goal.

EU's initial proposal for legal text for "an SME Committee" in the SME chapter of T-TIP. It was tabled for discussion with the US in the negotiating round of 19 - 23 October 2015 and made public on 6 November 2015.

IP Section in US TTP to be released

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TTP) released last Thurday includes an IP section aiming to spread US-Style IP protection overseas. It's too early to say if it will have an influence on the current T-TIP discussions between the US and EU.

New Approach for standardisation organisations

The European Commission is developing a new approach regarding its role within the European standardisation organisations. This could result in a better protection of innovative European companies and SMEs in particular.

European Commission to present new measures for SMEs

On November 9th 2015, the European Commission will present before European Parliament new measures to cut the red tape for SMES and new funding for innovative SMEs, part of the new EU Single Market Strategy: "Upgrading the Single Market”.

European Parliament - Committee on Industry to go over the digital economy priorities for 2016

European Parliament - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will hold a structured dialogue on 9 November 2015 with Commissioner Oettinger in order to go over the digital economy priorities for 2016.

European Data Protection Supervisor - Data protection

The European Union’s ombudsman is keen to tighten regulations on the “revolving door” between European political institutions and private companies, including technology firms.