Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) have become an increasingly important means to commercialise and foster innovation activities. This is reflected in indicators such as the number of yearly patent applications at the EPO, which has been steadily rising and is now some 50% higher than a decade ago. Not only patents, but also the significance of other types of IP, such as copyrights, trademarks, designs or informal IP instruments like trade secrets has increased. The broader and more intense ways IPRs are used make the topic of ‘IP management’ of paramount importance for businesses, research organisations and policy makers alike. Technopolis has responded to these growing challenges of our clients by providing up to-date advice for designing, monitoring and assessing IPR policies and strategies.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology Policy Study

Technopolis supports research organisations in their development, assessment and formulation of IPR strategies. This study – written on behalf of the European Commission, DG EAC, and in collaboration with ISIS Enterprise, the technology transfer firm of the University of Oxford – reviewed the current state of development of the IPR strategies of the first three…

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Enhancing the intellectual property activities in the firm base in Ireland

The report sets out the key findings and recommendations from a study into intellectual property activity, intellectual property strategies, and barriers to engaging in intellectual property for firms in Ireland, and will serve as a key input for the development of a new national Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Research Management Performance of projects in FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020

The European Commission has asked Technopolis Group in consortium with PwC Advisory to assess the research management performance of Framework Programmes projects. The project involved consultants from various Technopolis and PwC offices, and ran from January 2014 to September 2014. The consortium provided an in-depth analysis of research management performance in FP6 and FP7, as…

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Study on the economic impact of the utility model legislation in selected Member States

This study was an impact assessment of utility model legislation in Europe. In particular, it included an analysis of how this type of patent-like IPR instrument supports incremental innovation. It also scrutinised usage of utility models (motives, barriers) in Europe. We drafted recommendations for the EU and the EC on how to further deal with the…

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