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ip4inno - Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
Since the beginning of 2013 the ip4inno webpages and databases are handeled by the EACI acting on behalf of DG Enterprise and Industry. For any further information please contact us at eaci-ip4inno(at)ec.europa.eu.
Recordings of all EPO Virtual Classroom Lessons (VCLs)
Many users have been getting their ip4inno training over the internet via the recent EPO's Virtual Classroom Lessons (VCLs).
Future VCLs will be put on a dedicated area of EPO's e-learning platform as and when they take place. These VCLs cover such topics as business planning with IP, IP financing, patent enforcement, software patents, biotechnology patents and strategies to convince SMEs that IP is important to them.
Recordings of past sessions in 2012 and 2011 are available for viewing - free and on demand - from the EPO's e-learning platform.
Project extended to June 2012
Following the success of the second project in 2010 and 2011, during which the quantity of training material was doubled and many translations produced, the European Commission and the European Patent Office have been pleased to agree a short extension to the project for an extra six months. This provided an opportunity to complete entirely new e-learning materials and to collect case studies on IP strategy to support the existing PowerPoint(R) files. Furthermore the project website will soon be re-launched with a "wiki" format, enabling registered users to directly upload their own adaptations of the modules for sharing with other trainers.
Many new files uploaded to the training modules library
The collection of over twenty modules is now bursting with almost 250 files! A brand new module - 4F - concerns technology transfer to China, warning of the differences in the Chinese IP system which can cause problems for unwary Europeans. The module was written by experts from the China IPR SME Helpdesk and was well received at two workshops last November. We also have many new translations of other modules uploaded in recent months, including French, Bulgarian, Serbian and Czech, to complement existing materials in Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Spanish, and Chinese. If you would like to contribute to the translation work, or if you are an IP trainer wanting access to these materials, please contact us at eaci-i4inno(at)ec.europa.eu.
ip4inno is a "Best Practice" example
The PRO INNO EUROPE website has published a report on the first ip4inno project, which is considered to be a role model for other innovation supporting projects. The "Best Practice" fact sheet explains the strengths and successes of the first project. The website also includes a short video about the project from those involved in creating the training material, those who taught with it, and those who it helped to improve their business strategies through better IP knowledge.
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Consult a wide selection of articles, case studies and best practices for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on topics ranging from basic information on patents and other kinds of intellectual property, through patent information, to building a business with intellectual property. Would you first like to know more about what intellectual property is? See our "Basic definitions" page.