About Us

4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to intellectual property and innovation. We work with academia, policy makers and regulators to facilitate a deeper understanding of the invention process and of technology investment decision-making.

Strong intellectual property regimes are a critical pillar for today’s innovation-driven economies. They incentivise individuals and organisations to invest in high risk R&D and develop new ideas, products and solutions. Intellectual property is a bridge that connects invention to entrepreneurship, job creation and growth.

4iP Council was established in February 2013 in response to a widening divergence between the needs of technology inventors and European policy thinking. In joining 4iP Council, members seek to collectively address the misunderstandings and misperceptions that underpin many of the policy decisions that risk affecting technology inventors and investors in Europe.

An advisory committee of eminent intellectual property experts provide independent guidance on 4iP Council’s research agenda as well as input on the organisation structure and governance.