NEWS

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up a large share of global economies. They are a critical source of innovation across all sectors and markets, especially climate neutrality and digital leadership - two areas which stand in the focus of ...
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An interesting article on the impact COVID-19 and new healthcare models. KPMG surveyed 200 health leaders from around the world on using digital health technologies. The results are reported in the recent “Healthcare CEO Future Pulse.” They present the main ...
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It’s not easy to entrust the care of an elderly or sick relative to someone else. Going through the process of finding a vetted caregiver to look after your family can be frustrating, administratively difficult and time-consuming, as you browse ...
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An interesting webinar organized by the European Helpdesk on technology transfer, a complex process that involves many non-scientific and non-technological factors, and many different stakeholders. Good or high-quality research results are not enough for successful technology transfer; general awareness and ...
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A key pillar of the EU’s digital strategy is to develop a “trustworthy” approach to AI, distinct from the more freewheeling approach taken by the U.S. and the state-centric strategy pursued by China. At the same time, the EU is ...
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Grandnanny prides itself on being a matchmaker – linking stressed out working parents with willing and experienced babysitters. Parents’ needs have changed greatly in the past fifty years. On average, both parents work, and trying to balance work and family ...
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Currently looking for investments or commercial partners? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to engage with selected stakeholders. The AAL2Business Programme is glad to announce the fourth round of the Go-to-Market Launchpad, which will start online on 14th October 2021 ...
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The AAL2 Business Programme is glad to announce the fifth round of the AAL Lean Startup Academy, which will start online with the first workshop on 5th and 6th October 2021. The Lean Startup Academy provides AAL projects with a valuable ...
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This webinar will discuss specific issues that EC funded projects should address whether using or developing ICT, in particular concerning knowledge management and protection, exploitation, and maximising impacts. This webinar is relevant for all those involved with using, developing and/or ...
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This year's edition of the B2B Software Days is offering different activities such as keynotes, workshops, B2B meetings, pitching battles, co-creation labs and much more. The event is focused on different digital thematic: 5G, Cybersecurity, AI and Ethics, Data Visualisation, ...
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Slovenia has taken delivery of the EU’s first supercomputer to be funded through the European High Performance Computing joint undertaking (EuroHPC). The Vega supercomputer, to be housed at the Maribor Institute of Information Science, is the first petascale system procured jointly ...
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New European AI rules

Brussels is poised to ban the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to track people and rank their behaviour, while proposing fines up to 4% of a company's turnover for violations, as part of first-of-its-kind AI rules expected to be announced ...
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The year is off to a challenging start with brands and ad agencies in many markets still trying to figure out which channels to spend their budgets on. But as we all know, most startups do not have the luxury ...
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Statistics recently published by the European Patent Office (EPO) show that innovation in healthcare drove patenting activity in 2020: Medical technology was the leading field for inventions in terms of volume, while pharmaceuticals and biotechnology were the fastest-growing areas. It has ...
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Preliminary WIPO statistics reveal that only 16.5% of inventors named in international patent applications in 2020 were women. Over the past decade, this share has increased by 3.8 percentage points. While numbers are going in the right direction, progress is ...
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European Commission will launch a dedicated scheme aiming to close the gender gap in the male-dominated EU innovation ecosystem. Announcing the scheme on International Women’s day, EU research commissioner Mariya Gabriel described it as the latest move to foster gender ...
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The European Innovation Council (EIC) is a key novelty of Horizon Europe and represents the most ambitious innovation initiative that Europe has taken, with a budget of €10 billion for the period 2021-2027. The EIC has a mission to identify, ...
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An interesting webinar dedicated to digital economy and IP protection. Recent years have seen the increasing digital transformation of businesses resulting in the success of e-commerce platforms as new market places. Digital economy gives rise to new IP risks such online ...
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EU Start-ups Summit

What learnings will you share? Join the EU-Startups Summit online as a workshop speaker. On April 28-30, 2021, the annual EU-Startup summit will be online, bringing together over 1.500 startup enthusiasts, founders corporates, angel investors, VCs, and media from across Europe. This ...
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Innovative SMEs with high growth potential are crucial players in strengthening the European innovation and IP ecosystem. However, many SMEs struggle to receive proper funding and potential investors often turn down promising opportunities due to the current assessment methodologies. The ...
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The Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has just announced the third edition of the European Research and Innovation Days to be held virtually on 23 and 24 June 2021. This edition will mark the official launch of Horizon Europe, the new EU ...
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The EPO announced that Member States agreed on the first two common practices under the Convergence of Practice Initiative. "We know that companies and inventors seeking patent protection in Europe are sometimes confronted with different practices at national patent offices ...
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A collection of 10 most-read interviews during 2020 this shows the ingenuity, innovative nature and forward-looking attitudes of European entrepreneurs. It’s no surprising that this list covers themes that are strongly related to the big trends of 2020, including: remote ...
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A new study released by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that companies which own at least one patent, registered design or trademark have on average a better firm performance. The report ...
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The Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs. It promotes innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that contribute to creating social, ethical or environmental impact. It covers projects in the areas of education, healthcare, the environment, circular ...
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This webinar offered by IPR Helpdesk will make you familiar with key questions and aspects related to technology transfer and require only a general knowledge of intellectual property. An opportunity to learn how to manage risk before and during the ...
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As the global population steadily increases and health advancements lead to improved life expectancy, healthcare systems across the world are facing increasing pressure to keep up with the demand. An interesting article about leadership in healthcare, a reflection on a rapidly ...
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On 6 January 2021, the European Commission announced the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Union Council (EIC) Fund. Over €178 million were invested in 42 highly innovative start-ups and SMEs to support and scale up ...
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Are the big tech companies really disrupting healthcare? An interesting article to check out this statement.  An analysis of Google, Amazon and Apple’s activities in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. Read the full article here ...
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A public Science Business  webcast will be held on January 26 (16:00 – 17:15 CET). It will be the chance to take stock of the political landscape, explore the latest scenarios for the future relationship, and to assess the opportunities and concerns ...
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Trusted Digital Evidence

The digital business service WIPO PROOF is a new service that complements WIPO’s existing intellectual property systems. WIPO PROOF provides a date-and time-stamped digital fingerprint of any file, proving its existence at a specific point in time. It is specifically ...
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The last Lean Startup Academy (LSA) session, organized by AAL2Business, has recently provided to 12 people, representing 8 AAL projects, a valuable opportunity to validate their business model and increase their commercial traction.  The AAL2Business Lean Startup Academy is a ...
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On Thursday 21 January 2021 European Helpdesk has organized an interesting webinar dedicated to intellectual property. An opportunity for participants to learn more about IP and its insights. For more information: http://www.iprhelpdesk.eu/event/webinar-introduction-ip-2 ...
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The European Commission in cooperation with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and Europol has recently published their second Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List.  The Watch list names websites, e-commerce platforms, online pharmacies and physical marketplaces outside the EU ...
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How will digital technologies change hospitals? Will Apple Watch be able to predict COVID-19? What does the startup market look like in 2020? In this article the most interesting topics of recent months have been presented . The full article ...
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Which steps can health leaders take to embed measuring health outcomes in the heart of post-COVID systems and policies? An interesting new Science Business Guide dedicated to health measures that investigate why health outcomes matter for Europe’s future. The report ...
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The European Commission has just published the new Action Plan on Intellectual Property in order to support companies, especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), to make the most of their inventions and creations and ensure they can benefit our economy ...
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GIview is the new search database for all geographical indications (GIs) protected at European Union level. The database, officially launched at the online conference ‘Strengthening GIs,’ is continually updated with official registered data from the European Commission (Directorate- General for ...
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Webinar: Freedom to Operate

The next 2 December 2020 the IPR Helpdesk organizes an interesting Webinar on how  to proceed with Freedom to Operate analysis. You will be able to answer the following questions: What is FTO, what are the different FTO types, what ...
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A new study “Valorisation of scientific results - Patent commercialisation scoreboard: European universities and public research organisations”  published by the European Patent Office (EPO)  shows that European universities and public research organisations use European patents as the main instrument to ...
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The Council of the European Union has adopted a set of conclusions on key elements of a future EU intellectual property policy. These conclusions should be seen as the Council's input to ongoing work within the Commission on an EU ...
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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has expanded its suite of online services with an online platform providing free access to comprehensive, unbiased, and structured reports on many patent databases. WIPO INSPIRE (Index of Specialized Patent Information Reports) will help a range of stakeholders ...
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The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has launched a new database called WIPO Lex-Judgments to provide free-of-charge access to leading judicial decisions related to intellectual property (IP) law from around the world. At launch, the database consists of over 400 ...
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Follow the next IPR Helpdesk Webinar on IP Commercialisation and Licensing. The webinar will take place on 7th October 2020 from 10.30 am to 11. 45 am and it wil provide an overview of key aspects in the field of ...
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The AAL2 Business Programme is glad to announce the third round of the AAL Lean Startup Academy, which will take place online on 29th and 30th September 2020. The Lean Startup Academy provides AAL projects with a valuable opportunity to validate their business ...
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Currently looking for investments or commercial partners? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to engage with selected stakeholders. The Go-to-Market Workshop, the introductory event of the Go-to-Market Launchpad, will start on 8th October 2020 in the framework of AAL2Buiness services, a support action funded by AAL programme. This workshop ...
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ALL2Business support action provides various services targeted to different phases of AAL projects’ life-cycle. We met JAME project to learn about their future business and their experience as beneficiary of ALL2Business support. The JAME project has the ambition to create ...
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Let’s discover Guided, one of the projects of AAL2business which creates an innovative service for elderly.  AAL2Business GUIDed project creates a new service for elderly to help them to live, as long as possible, independently at home. This service provides ...
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An interesting European Commission study analyzes the IP implications of the development of industrial 3D printing clarifying how the existing IP framework brings protection to IP rights holders. The study focuses on seven industrial applications: health, aerospace, automotive, consumer goods/electronics, ...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union, threatening massive job losses and closures. Having in mind this difficult situation the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has launched a ...
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An interesting online guide, launched by 4iP Council, provides yet another interactive web guide created to help innovative European businesses, especially SMEs, to understand the strategic value of intellectual property. As for the previous guides on patents, copyright and trademarks, the European IP Helpdesk ...
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An interesting webinar organized by Science Business, an opportunity to reflect on the effects of this pandemic on R&D. Speakers of this event Robert-Jan Smits, President of the Executive Board Eindhoven University of Technology, and Karina Angelieva, Deputy Minister of ...
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The European Commission has announced new developments regarding the Implementation Strategy of its upcoming R&I framework programme Horizon Europe. The goal is to provides the framework for carefully designed rules and efficient processes across the entire programme and project life ...
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An interesting webinar organized by Science Business, an opportunity to reflect on the effects of this pandemic on R&D. Speakers of this event Robert-Jan Smits, President of the Executive Board Eindhoven University of Technology, and Karina Angelieva, Deputy Minister of ...
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The European Helpdesk inform that European Commission has just launched a survey on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe. It is addressed to enterprises (especially SMEs) and providers of innovation support to SMEs (including institutional stakeholders, ...
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An interesting article of World Health Organization pointing out the collective responsibility to protect and support older people during COVID-19 pandemic has been published. In particular the focus is on the support of families and caregivers as an essential part ...
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Intellectual property is an asset for SMEs and often mistakes are committed while communicating with them. An interesting webinar provided by European IP helpdesk, on Wednesday 15.04.2020 raise awareness regarding IP in SMEs day-to-day activities and IP rights. The webinar ...
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HSMonitor is a pre-commercial procurement that focuses on innovative ICT-enabled monitoring solutions to improve health status and optimise hypertension care. The five involved healthcare providers from four countries (TR, IT, SE, HR) cater to a population of which over 31 ...
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Due to the disruptions caused by the Corona virus, Horizon 2020 call deadlines for several innovation procurement calls have been extended. The deadlines of the calls in the health domain have been extended further. Please always check the deadlines published ...
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The European IP Helpdesk teamed up with 4iP Council, a European not-for-profit dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to intellectual property and innovation, to develop a new interactive guide helping innovative European businesses to understand ...
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A new report released yesterday by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates the total value of counterfeit pharmaceuticals traded worldwide to be up to EUR 4.03 billion. Details and Report available here ...
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An interesting article that points out the need for a big R&D funding able to drive technologies that could halt the spread of the next big epidemic. The need to find new solutions in a globalized word opens opportunities to ...
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Many of the solutions developed within the eHealth sector are based on a large amount of research and R&D activities. For these solutions to be successfully brought to market, external funding is most often needed to finance the development of ...
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To coincide with the latest edition of the EUIPO Guidelines for Examination of EUTMs and RCDs, which entered into force on 1 February 2020, an updated tutorial has been made available to users.  The tutorial now contains tips and tricks on how to ...
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Today it is important to know “the words of innovation”. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published the latest standard in its innovation management series. ISO 56000 ("Innovation management – Fundamentals and vocabulary"), is the fourth of an eight-part ...
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An interesting programme to sustain start-ups and scale-ups to grow their business beyond their home market. The EIT Health Bridgehead Europe Programme is suitable for micro- and small enterprises that are active in the fields of MedTech, BioTech and Digital ...
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The AAL2 Business Programme is glad to announce the second AAL Lean Startup Academy, which will take place in Brussels on 16th April 2020 at AAL premises, in Rue du Luxembourg 3. The Lean Startup Academy provides AAL projects with a valuable opportunity ...
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Advanced IPR (Negotiation, IP transfer, License Agreements) How can you commercialize your IP? What is the most suitable for you? To commercialize in house, to establish a spin-off company or to license out? What are the major challenges in licensing ...
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EPO: new case study

How can SMEs use intellectual property to their advantage? And how can they adapt their business models and develop the IP management capabilities they need? The European Patent Office has produced a series of case studies on European small and ...
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Marco Marsella, Head of Unit, Directorate-General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect), European Commission, speaks to Open Access Government about digital transformation in healthcare, including a special look at artificial intelligence. Full article available here ...
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The promises of data-driven healthcare abound. New technologies that run the gamut from artificial intelligence to health apps on your smartphone can lead to greater efficiencies in health care systems, allow those with chronic diseases to manage their illnesses, and ...
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7.5% of SMEs that own EU trade marks (EUTMs) licensed them to others between 2013-2017, according to a new EUIPO report. The average annual revenue from licensing EUTMs during the same period is estimated at nearly EUR 65 000 per ...
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The mechanisms contributing to normal aging are the same as those contributing to the development of neurological diseases. Despite a wealth of data on how nutrients and diets may preserve brain health, the potential of these natural compounds still remains ...
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An interesting analysis “on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries” has published by the European Commission. In this biannual Third Country Report are identified countries in which the state of intellectual property protection and enforcement gives rise to ...
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eCare is a European project that aims to deliver disruptive digital solutions for the prevention and comprehensive management of frailty. Under the motto “Good habits for a good life”, the project’s goal is to encourage independent living, wellbeing and to relieve ...
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Basics on IPR and the unfair advantage The business side of the R&D sector is often overlooked, but in the case of a viable research result, there should be a focus on future exploitation and commercialization. By defining the IP ...
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The second appointment of the AAL2business Lean Startup Academy took place on 21 November 2019. During this workshop AAL project participants had the chance to verify with coaches their business model developed through Lean Canvas, Javelin Board and Value Proposition ...
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Are you thinking to patent your Intellectual Property (IP) and check its novelty? You can do this with the New Espacenet a substantially revised and improved version of the Office's patent information search tool. New features and enhanced functionality will ...
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Currently looking for investments or commercial partners? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to engage with selected stakeholders. The Go-to-Market Workshop, the introductory event of the Go-to-Market Launchpad, will start on 27th February 2020 in the framework of AAL2Buiness ...
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The annual Science Business Network Conference in February will bring together over 300 stakeholders to address the challenge of developing the next generation(s) of researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs who will have a leading role to play in delivering a climate-neutral, ...
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To answer this question Science Business has organized an event, in Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where technology experts, researchers, teachers and studentshave discussed the dark side of data-driven healthcare. A food for thought. https://sciencebusiness.net/healthy-measures/news/can-data-driven-medicine-make-us-healthier ...
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AAL Info Day 2020 in Vienna

Are you interested in developing a solution for ageing well in a digital world and getting funded by the AAL Programme? In relation to the recent pre-announcement of the Call 2020, the AAL Programme would like to invite all previous ...
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Looking for solutions that empower older adults to engage in entrepreneurship The future of work is changing. With advances in technology and increasing trends towards entrepreneurship, this brings with it exciting new opportunities for older adults to contribute with their ...
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How to handle potential customers? Define your commercialization strategy Who are your potential customers? The goal of the webinar is to provide the tools and understanding needed to handle every potential customer with precision and quality. During the webinar we ...
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IPR and the unfair advantage – Protect your idea and find a route to commercialization Are you involved in R&D sector and want to find a route for exploitation and commercialization of your research? You should focus on defining the ...
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The impact of the GDPR on health research will be the subject of a seminar taking place in Brussels on November 19, 2019. Entitled “Challenges for health research arising from the GDPR”, the meeting will examine impacts of GDPR on ...
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An EPO study on SMEs

An interesting study, dedicated to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), conducted by the European Patent Office (EPO) shows that SMEs rely on European patents to protect their high-potential inventions and that two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited. Through ...
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An interesting viewpoint on guidelines for a reliable and ethical AI in health innovation. Discover the key role of health and ageing innovators which can contribute to ensure that health and care practices meet. More information available here ...
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Market Guidance is a special service, in the framework of the AAL2Business support action, dedicated to AAL funded projects to continuously inform participants on the commercialization, market uptake and investment possibilities available at National and European level and to match ...
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Value proposition canvas-Identify your target customers and achieve the perfect fit product-market   Researchers willing to bring their R&D results to the next stage, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs who are in the process of designing their business model, require ...
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The Lean Canvas – How to make a business plan a reality How does a company transform a great idea into a commercial opportunity? The key is to validate its business model by testing the assumption against the market. The ...
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Every year, the European Patent Academy arranges four study visits to the European Patent Office – EPO – (in Munich or The Hague). These events provide a general introduction to the EPO and the European patent system, with two of ...
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Are you interested in technology transfer? This webinar will make you familiar with key questions and aspects related to technology transfer: why is it important? What actors or institutions are providing assistance in technology transfer? How does technology licensing work ...
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On Monday 23rd September 2019, twelve early-stage entrepreneurs gathered in Aarhus, Denmark, for the first Lean Startup Academy organised by the AAL2Business programme. The goal of the Academy was to guide young startups that are working on solutions to improve ...
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The eCare buyers group from IT, ES and PL is preparing a pre-commercial procurement to deliver disruptive digital solutions for the prevention and comprehensive management of frailty of old adults in order is to encourage independent living, wellbeing and to ...
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A new opportunity for European public procurer has recently been published. Don’t lose this chance offered by European Assistance for Innovation Procurement. Eafip can help public sector organisations modernize public services (e.g. in e-gov, health, energy, transport, etc.) with innovative ...
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Are you interested in procuring and deploying innovative solutions in the health care sector? Through the workshop on Innovation Procurement, you will have the chance to discover how designing, procuring and deploying innovative solutions is an important component of every ...
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