Research & Webinars

Here we provide a number of reports and research summaries related to SMEs and innovation. You will find additional materials in our main research section.

Papers, briefs and publications


How IP helps to secure your business investment

by Suzanne Hogan, Andreas Olmes and Marco Bozzola

How IP helps to secure your business investment

In this joint webinar organised by the EUIPO and 4iP Council, SMEs will understand how Intellectual property rights (trademarks, copyrights, designs, patents) are important tools for getting a business competitive advantage and to secure finance for your business. Discover as well the EUIPO financial support for SMEs to protect their IP.

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Intellectual Property Systems in China and Europe​

Intellectual Property Systems in China and Europe​

A webinar organised in collaboration with China IP SME Helpedesk, about the differences and similarities between the Intellectual Property Systems in China and in Europe, and why is it important for SMEs.

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Devialet case study

Devialet case study

Devialet is related to the concepts of betterment, new ideas and scientific progress, not only because its name evokes one of the greatest intellectuals of the Enlightenment era (the engineer Guillaume Vialet) but also the company is making a significant contribution to the audio industry throughout a constant innovation and investment in R&D since its inception. This case study reviews Devialet's innovation story.

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Categories: SMEs, Patent Strategy

Making the most of the EU’s innovative potential – An intellectual property action plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience (summary)

by 4iP Council

Making the most of the EU’s innovative potential – An intellectual property action plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience (summary)

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Categories: SMEs, IPR Policy

The SME Prophesee; its advanced neuromorphic vision system and patent strategy

by Fernanda Donaire Passoni

The SME Prophesee; its advanced neuromorphic vision system and patent strategy

Founded in 2013, Prophesee is a start-up based in Paris which has created the most advanced neuromorphic vision system in the world. Inspired by human vision and built on the foundation of neuromorphic engineering, Prophesee is a revolutionary system that gives Metavision to machines, enabling them to react much more intelligently, autonomously, faster and safer than before. This short case study outlines Prophesee's patent strategy.

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Categories: SMEs, Patent Strategy, Industry 4.0, Student Contribution

Intellectual property rights in innovation management research: a review.

Intellectual property rights in innovation management research: a review.

The article aims to analyse the current research on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the field of innovation management and spot the ongoing trends in this field. The analysis concerns, both in content and method, IPR-related articles published in 1970 – 2009 in the leading journals concerning innovation management.

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Categories: SMEs, Student Contribution

Running ahead in the nanotechnology gold rush. Strategic patenting in emerging technologies.

Running ahead in the nanotechnology gold rush. Strategic patenting in emerging technologies.

The present paper aims to provide information on how patent scope varies over time and by type of applicants in the emerging phase of nanotechnology. Based on an analysis of 58.244 US patents, the authors conclude that the number of claims decreases over the subsequent phases of the technology life-cycle.

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Categories: SMEs, Student Contribution

Why Do Start-Ups Patent? (2008)

Why Do Start-Ups Patent? (2008)

Patents generate great returns on the patented products by preventing others from making, using and selling those products. The patent system incentivises inventors to develop new technologies and promotes innovation considering that the inventions are made public. There is a number of different reasons why inventors or their employers file for patents. The objective of the authors is to examine the reasons why start-ups patent by reviewing the dominant theories, cataloguing common observations and examining existing empirical data.

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Categories: SMEs, Student Contribution

The moderating effect of intellectual property rights on relationship between innovation and company performance in manufacturing sector. (2019)

The moderating effect of intellectual property rights on relationship between innovation and company performance in manufacturing sector. (2019)

This paper aims to study the effects of Intellectual Property on the relationship between innovation capability and business performance in the manufacturing sector. The study was conducted using hypotheses and tests with survey data from small manufacturing businesses from Romania. Multi-item scales were tested with the statistical method of exploratory factor analysis, avoiding multi-collinearity or error variance correlation with each set of scale item using the principal axis with the varimax. The study has shown a positive outcome on patenting and new investment growth, access to new capital and to new knowledge.

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Categories: SMEs, Student Contribution