March 10, 2008

Last week the European Patent Office (EPO) announced that it has launched a new website to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and intellectual property trainers with IP training information. The website, called INNO ACTIONS (, is the result of the cooperation of the EPO and 18 specific partners and is managed by the ip4inno project team. According to the EPO article (link below), the ip4inno website was developed to “provide[ ] information about the economic environment in selected European countries, [and] a searchable database of trainers and information about innovation support structures in various countries.” In addition, and according to coordinator Pascal Phlix, "[t]he implementation of the ip4inno project by the EPO is complementing the role that the EPO already plays in the support to innovation in Europe," and “[t]hrough projects that are implemented in co-operation with the national offices of the 34 Member States of the EPO, initiatives have been started to develop innovation in the regions, for example, by fostering technology transfer between public research centers and industry.” Additional information regarding this initiative, and a link to the website, are provided via the links below.

EPO Article: LINK Website: LINK


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