EPO publication highlights importance of patents for Europe's SMEs

IP Europe's SME Chair Fractus is included in a set of 12 case studies focusing on how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe are using patents to their advantage, published by the European Patent Office.

European SMEs can lead the world in the IoT revolution

European firms can lead the economy of tomorrow if our small and medium-sized companies obtain the necessary support, notably when it comes to innovation incentives and patent litigation, writes Hassan Triqui, the CEO of Secure-IC. This opinion was originally published in EURACTIV

Video: Fractus CEO Rubén Bonet on the benefits of patents for European SMEs

Les PME européennes les plus innovantes demandent davantage de soutien pour développer l’économie numérique

Une coalition de dirigeants d’entreprises a remis un Manifeste pour les PME à la Commission européenne

Europe’s R&D intensive SMEs call for support to drive digital economy

European Commission delivered SME Manifesto by a coalition of CEOs

Didier Patry (France Brevets): "The GAFAs reduce the value of patents. Brussels must react"

Innovative start-ups need a solid intellectual property, but do not have the means to assert it. Opinion by Didier Patry, CEO of France Brevets, published today in the French publication, l'Opinion.

Unleashing the full potential of European Standards for the 21st century. Not possible without SMEs contribution

The need for a single coherent approach towards standardization from European Institutions in support of global competitiveness of European industry, including SMEs. It was the main topic addressed at the breakfast debate “Unleashing the full potential of European Standards for the 21st century” convened at the European Parliament on the 7th of January in which IP EUROPE took part.  

Let's keep Europe innovating!

We are accustomed to assume that companies taking the risk of creating new technologies can get a fair return on investment while manufactures that license the technology on Fair and Non – Discriminatory ( FRAND ) terms can make products without having to invest in their own risky R&D. But lately there have been attempts to waken FRAND in ways that would discourage invention companies’ participation. The result would be proprietary technology platforms that offer consumers little choice instead of standardization, and that would dash European hopes for the digital single market. We hope policy maker will recognize the danger of upsetting a balanced, fair-for-all FRAND-based open standards system that produced some of the most profound advances in the history of humankind and kindled widespread economic growth.

20,000 businesses in Spain to benefit from new SME financing deals

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Compañía Española de Reafianzamiento (CERSA) – part of the Spanish Ministry of Industry - have signed the first InnovFin and COSME counter-guarantee agreements in Spain. These transactions benefit from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe.

A public consultation to be launched on the next R&D European program (after H2020)

Robert-Jan Smits, director-general for research and innovation, tells the Science|Business annual conference the European Commission is to launch a public consultation on the successor to Horizon 2020 in the autumn.