This new report from the European Patent Office (EPO) offers invaluable SME case studies on IP strategy and IP management and aims to raise awareness of the importance of patents and other intellectual property (IP) rights for SMEs, and to help companies use the experiences and good practices described in the case studies to support their own development and growth.
The 12 Case Studies used in the report demonstrate that patents can be a springboard for success for smaller companies and make all the difference to their business, especially in gaining access to funding. They provide tangible examples of how intellectual property can be leveraged to create value, jobs and growth.
Based on extensive interviews with senior managers, the case studies provide detailed information and recommendations. They feature SMEs from 11 different countries across Europe, who work in a wide range of industries, from medical technology and biotech to ICT, energy and the environment, and employ different business models.
The studies show how companies can proactively adapt their IP strategy to real business needs, and illustrate the variety of approaches to and advantages of using IP. They also highlight the benefits that SMEs can expect from the planned Unitary Patent. This reform will offer businesses a simpler alternative to the existing system, and introduce a more cost-effective route to broad and uniform patent protection and dispute resolution throughout the participating EU member states. This is particularly important for smaller entities, which often have limited resources.
Enjoy the full report: EPO SME case studies 2017