10-15-2019, 13:21

European Commission organises event on intellectual property and SMEs

The European Commission, the European Committee of the Regions and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU are organising a one-day conference “Innovative, Collaborative, Regional: smart intellectual property for a competitive Europe”, taking place in Brussels on 14 November 2019.


A good business environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) supporting innovation and protecting intellectual property (IP) is a decisive success factor for growth and jobs in Europe. The conference will explore how the European Union and its regions can help SMEs to become more competitive and to grow through the smart use of IP.


Jointly the EU aims to make it easier for small businesses to become large innovators and global competitors. Policy makers, public and private stakeholders (incl. innovation and development agencies, chambers of commerce, business consultants) are invited to contribute to the EU SME strategy on IP and provide insight into how the public sector can best assist SMEs to use their IP to scale up business growth.


The conference features opening speeches by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions, Timo Pesonen, Director-General of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and a representative from the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs. Markus Beyrer, Chairman of Business Europe will give the keynote speech and there will be 6 panel discussions:

• Overview of IP challenges
• IP challenges from personal experience
• Find your way to IP advice
• How to use IP strategically
• Using IP to access growth funding
• IP in partnerships for innovation and business growth


Find more information and register here.

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