Search for advice on intellectual property for small and medium enterprise.
ip4inno is a project funded by the European Commission as a part of the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
Its main aim is to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) enhance their understanding and use of intellectual property rights with a view to promoting innovation and competitiveness in line with the European Commission's Lisbon goals.
What does "ip4inno" stand for?
ip4inno = Intellectual Property for Innovation. Would you like to learn more about intellectual property? See our "Basic definitions" page.
What ip4inno delivered?
ip4inno partners pooled their resources to conduct a joint analysis of SMEs' needs in intellectual property protection training. A set of training modules were created, tested and made available to registered intellectual property trainers in Europe.
The modules are accessible on this website. In addition, it contains a rich variety of material aimed directly at SMEs: case studies and other articles in a number of languages offered by the partners in the project. The materials are searchable by topics, target groups (who you are), article type (e.g. case study) and language. The selected topics correspond to the titles of the training modules, thus making it easier for IP trainers to find additional material to support their work. Please see "advanced search" options.
Who's behind ip4inno?
To achieve the goals outlined above, a consortium of partners was set up which brought together a number of important actors in innovation promotion. The partners were pooling resources to carry out analyses of SMEs' needs, design and test training modules, and finally made them available on this website, enriched with a variety of material on intellectual property aimed directly at SMEs.
How long was ip4inno running?
The project started on 1 January 2007 and until the end of 2008. The website will, of course, be available and updated beyond this date.
PRO INNO Europe
ip4inno was part of PRO INNO Europe: an innovation policy initiative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. It integrated existing policy analysis and benchmarking activities with new incentives for trans-national cooperation, innovation actions and policy learning methods.
For more details, please visit: http://www.proinno-europe.eu/