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Co-ordinator European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) is the patent-granting authority for Europe, providing a uniform application procedure for inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 40 European countries and Morocco. It is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation. The EPO was co-ordinating the ip4inno project overall and also looking after the creation of training modules.


Institut Européen Entreprise et Propriété Intellectuelle
The European Business and Intellectual Property Institute  (L’Institut Européen Entreprise et Propriété Intellectuelle - IEEPI), based in Strasbourg, France, is an intellectual property training institution serving business/industry (in particular SMEs) and future managers (via schools and universities). Under the ip4inno project, IEEPI was co ordinating the joint study and analysis of SMEs' needs. 

European Business and Innovation Centres Network
The European BIC Network (EBN) is a non-profit-making association based in Brussels. It co-ordinates the activities of the Business and Innovation Centres (BIC), and develops and promotes the BIC scheme within and outside the European Union. Under the ip4inno project, EBN was responsible for the train-the-trainer programme.


National patent offices - administrative authorities in the field of intellectual property (IP) protection in their respective countries - whose roles also include promotion of innovation, outreach to the players in the IP system and the general public, training and information activities, development of national IP policies:

Hungarian Intellectuel Property Office (HiPO) Under the ip4inno project the HiPO co-ordinated the pilot regional training scheme for multipliers.

Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)

Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) 

Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO)

French Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)

State Intellectual Property Office of Croatia (SIPO) 

Turkish Patent Institute (TPI)

Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKTO) 

University of Alicante - Administrative Co-ordinator
The University of Alicante (UA) runs a Master in Intellectual Property, which attracts students from all over the world. The UA owns a website specialising in intellectual property issues. Under the ip4inno project, the UA was responsible for project evaluation and the final report.

The Foundation for Development and Technological Innovation (FUNDITEC), based in Terrassa, Spain, promotes technological innovation in public institutions and private enterprises. 

The Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT-Flanders) is a regional public institution providing R&D and innovation support in Flanders. 

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 66 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. 

METU Technopolis
Located near Ankara, METU Technopolis (METUTECH) is the biggest and most successful science park in Turkey with approximately 250 companies, most of which are SMEs. METUTECH hosts an innovation relay centre (IRC Anatolia). 

The School of Industrial Organisation is one of the oldest business schools in Europe. Its 60 years of experience have made it a benchmark in postgraduates education in Spain. 

Technical University of Madrid
The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is the leading technical university in Spain. The majority of the greatest figures in Spanish teaching and research have passed the UPM as students or teachers. 

Public Research Centre Henri Tudor
The Public Research Centre Henri Tudor (CRP) had promoted innovation in both the private and public sectors in Luxembourg before it was merged with the Public Research Centre Gabriel Lippmann as of the 1. of January 2015. The newly created Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) conductes interdisciplinary research in the fields of materials, environment and IT.