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SME Instrument takes you to Mobile World Congress 2018

Get connected with business and finance partners in the world's largest mobile industry gathering! The SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services take you to Mobile World Congress, 26th February – 1st of March 2018, in Barcelona.  Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world's largest mobile tech event gathering more than 100,000 professional visitors and over 2,300 exhibitors from around the world. MWC will bring together [...]

December 14th, 2017|

Fast Track to Innovation new proposal template 2018-2020

The proposal submission template for the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) – part B has been updated on the FTI call page of the participant portal. Modifications have been made to sections 1, 2 and 3. The changes in wording, in particular in the sections on 'Excellence' and 'Impact', now reflect: Better the specific objectives of the FTI in [...]

December 13th, 2017|

Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement

Why is the Commission presenting initiatives on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)? How does the Commission plan to step up the fight against counterfeiting and piracy? How will the guidance on the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights help? These and other questions and answers you can find here:    

December 13th, 2017|

Communication from the EC on Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents

A patent that protects technology essential to a standard is called a Standard Essential Patent (SEP). In the world of SEPs, incentivising the development of new technologies while ensuring smooth and wide dissemination of standardised technologies based on fair access conditions is of utmost importance. From this point of view, the European Commission has recently published a Communication on "Setting out the [...]

December 12th, 2017|

The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe? What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers? Tempted? Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe! Case studies are part of the range of [...]

December 11th, 2017|

Commission launches EIC Horizon Prize. See more below.

The European Commission has launched the first of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid. EIC Horizon Prizes are part of the European Innovation Council pilot run under Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme. The Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid will reward the best, proven, cost-effective, tech-based solutions [...]

December 8th, 2017|

IMI2 – Funding opportunities for SMEs in Life Science

We would like to inform you about IMI2 Call 13 that is to be launched in the coming two weeks.  As  SMEs are key players in the European pharmaceutical research and development landscape, we strongly encourage their participation in IMI projects. Topics IMI2 Call 13 will offer a range of opportunities for SMEs and biotech, covering the following topics: [...]

November 21st, 2017|