European Commission facilitates SME's access to public contracts

On 5 January, the European Commission adopted the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) reducing considerably the administrative burden for companies, especially SMEs who want to have a faire chance to win a public contract. The ESPD will apply in each and every Member States. A more global public procurement reform will enter into force on 18 April 2016.

EU IPR Helpdesk: Factsheet on Technology Licensing-in

Technological innovation is a key component for companies to face more and more increasing market competition. Indeed, since new products with new functions appear on the market on a regular basis, companies need to innovate by developing or acquiring technology.

Instead of investing in technology creation, it may make good business sense to use or adapt a technological solution developed by others. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

The fact sheet prepared by the EU IPR helpdesk analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing- in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

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.