EU launches SME Innovation Associate Programme

The SME Innovative Associate programme intends to provide small companies with increased access to specialised skills and knowledge by encouraging mobility.

185 SMEs from 26 countries funded under Phase 1 of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

The winning projects will each be given €50,000 in order to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market. Participants will also receive three days of free business coaching.

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.