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Catherine Eginard, Head of Sector, H2020 – SME Instrument, talks to 4iP Council about the main highlights of the newly published SME instrument impact report. €1.5 billion is available to single applicant innovative SMEs from 2018 and 2020 through the European Commission’s SME Instrument
Yann Ménière, Chief Economist at the European Patent Office, talks to 4iP Council about his role, patent trends, notably regarding inventions relating to autonomous objects, and the Unitary Patent.
Neftys plays a crucial role in the innovation ecosystem. It offers start-ups and SMEs investing in R&D a form of bridging loan and, in so doing, solves an important headache for many innovators at a critical stage in the evolution of their business when heavy investment in R&D is yet to pay off.
4iP Council interviews Manny Schecter, Chief Patent Counsel at IBM, a prolific user of the patent system. Manny has helped IBM build and protect a portfolio of over 50,000 patents worldwide. The iconic company has held first position on the annual US patent grant list for 24 years.