4iP News

New website area '4 SMEs' goes live today

28 February 2018

This area of our website aims to help European SMEs optimise their IP assets and find the wide range of materials and support mechanisms available to them

Small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are important inventors and innovation drivers and their growth underpins European competitiveness. The intellectual property SMEs create and use can significantly improve their business success and is an important potential revenue source. 4iP Council commissions and tracks research on why intellectual property is relevant to SMEs and seeks to help them identify the right routes for intellectual property advice and support.

With this new website area, we hope to help SMEs orient some the wide range of resources developed for them. These include guidance on understanding the value of IP assets, research reports and summaries, pointers to the content and advice provided by the European Commission, the European Patent Office and others as well as a number of interviews that 4iP Council has conducted with innovative European SMEs, incubators and funding organisations.

For the launch of this website area we have prepared ten summaries of recent research work pertinent to intellectual property issues and questions SMEs often find themselves addressing.