Intellectual property: new advice service for SMEs launched
The 22nd of March 2021, the Commission launched the ‘Horizon Intellectual Property (IP) Scan’ service. This tailored, first-line and free IP support service is designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to efficiently manage and valorise IP in collaborative research and innovation efforts. The Horizon IP Scan has a particular focus on EU-funded Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe projects. Building on a vast network of experienced, IP experts covering all EU and Horizon-associated countries, the Horizon IP Scan team provides an individual, jargon-free assessment of SME’s intangible assets. In particular, it aims to show SMEs how to protect their existing IP when starting on a research and innovation project with multiple partners and to assist them in developing a shared strategy with their partners to manage and exploit new IP generated jointly. The service is open to European start-ups and SMEs (according to the European Commission definition) that are about to sign a Horizon (2020/Europe) Grant Agreement or have recently signed one (up to six months after signature). SMEs interested in the Horizon IP Scan can apply for the service at any time via the Horizon IP Scan website using the continuous open call. The Horizon Intellectual Property (IP) Scan was announced in the Action Plan on Intellectual Property published in November 2020.