IP for SMEs and Researchers

16 April 2013


If you are an SME looking to develop international partnerships, or a Research Organisation involved in FP7/CIP projects, this is your essential introduction to Intellectual Property Rights and the free services available to help you.

The professional management of your Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is crucial to ensure that you can make the most of your company’s or project’s innovative potential. During the entire life cycle of an R&D project – from the very first idea, to its execution, right up to the end and beyond, IP matters are always an important issue.

But professional advice can be expensive, so it is sensible to find out what you need to know and what you can do yourself - and, when you do need an experienced lawyer to advise on a specific issue, what free services are available.

This training session will be split into two parts:

  • In the morning, we will cover general IP issues and IP Rights management. This is ideal for SMEs.
  • The afternoon session will contain a specific session for IP in EU funded R&D programmes. If you are involved in FP7 or CIP programmes (or are looking to join one), this session gives you the information you'll need in addition to the morning session.

The day runs from 09:00 to 15:00 and includes a light lunch. SMEs may like to leave after lunch but are welcome to stay on. Further discussion of R&D topics may continue after the published close.


Training will provided by experienced staff from the European IPR Helpdesk, an initiative of the European Commission aimed at providing advice and information on IP to beneficiaries of EU-funded research projects and European SMEs involved in transnational technology transfer.

Venue: Room SB329, Sopwith Building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames. (Only 25 mins by train from Central London)

Cost: Free of charge to SMEs and members of Research Organisations (including universities) based within the M25 area.

Further Information: Roger Andrew. Project Manager EEN London, Kingston University. 020 8417 2053

This event is part-funded by the Enterprise Europe Network

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