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Recordings of all Virtual Classroom Lessons (VCLs)

Many users have been getting their ip4inno training over the internet via our recent Virtual Clasroom Lessons (VCLs). Recordings of the four sessions from February and March 2012 are now available for viewing - free and on demand - from a dedicated area of the EPO's e-learning platform. Recordings from the two sessions from 2011 are also there now. Future VCLs will be put there 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.

2-day ip4inno workshops this spring and autumn

The EPO is pleased to offer two 2-day workshops this springtime and another two this autumn at EPO premises with a selection from over twenty IP strategy modules for business advisors. The workshops will include presentations on patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and trade secrets in a business context, as well as business planning around IP, licensing, open innovation, IP valuation and financing and patent information. Please follow the links below to read more about the very different content being offered at our workshops: the content at every one is unique!

    25 & 26 April, Vienna
    IP and business development

    8 & 9 May, The Hague
    Technology transfer and patent information

    16 & 17 October, Berlin
    Unregistered IP, commercialisation and enforcement

    26 & 27 November, Munich
    Registered IP, enforcement and IP deals in China

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 will provide 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  ip4inno(at)epo.org 

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.


Find an ip4inno-trainer IP trainer in your country! 

Search in the database of participants of ip4inno train-the-trainer seminars by country, city, ip4inno module or language. 


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