IPMED
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IP Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the MEDiterranean Region

About the project

A solid bond between Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), research and innovation constitutes a fundamental pillar for knowledge-based societies. Crucial for the development and competitiveness of start-ups, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurs, IPR is, however, the element of the axis most often unknown or overlooked by these groups in business decision-making both in Europe and beyond. Recent studies on firm competitiveness and economic performance highlight that only 9% of SMEs make use of IPR in Europe (against 40% of large companies). Yet small firms owning IPR perform better than those that do not (increased reputation, strengthening of long-term business prospects and increased turnover). In the Euro-Mediterranean area, changing this pattern of low interest/access to IPR is critical to help regions of both shores of the basin achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. IPMED intends to contribute to that change by helping local authorities understand how they can better support entrepreneurs in accessing, using and optimizing the growth potential of IPR, and enhancing the IPR of young entrepreneurs.

Key information

IPMED
IP Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the MEDiterranean Region
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.1 Start-ups and recently established enterprises
Jordan, Greece, Italy, Spain, Tunisia

Financial data

1.1 million
Total budget
1 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

5
Partners
5
Countries
8
Technical outputs

Project duration

Start date
End date

Partnership

News

Events

Library

Project outputs

Documents

Videos

What will be improved?

The impact of IPMED will be twofold: increased capacity of public authorities & innovation brokers to facilitate access of innovative start-ups, youths and women entrepreneurs to IPR and commercialisation schemes, and improved capacities of start-ups, youths and women entrepreneurs for efficient and fruitful IP management. As a result, Mediterranean MSMEs will become more competitive and able to engage in technology transfer, collaborative research and innovation activities at the local, national and transnational levels.

Who will benefit?

  • 200 young and women entrepreneurs and 40 MSMEs 
  • 100 staff from chambers of commerce, innovation agencies, ministries, IP offices and innovation brokers 
     

Expected achievements

  • 1,000 people involved in training sessions on IPR use and management
  • 3 cross-border study visits carried out 
  • 1 virtual library highlighting good practices in IPR
  • 450 personalised IP and innovation related services provided to start-ups, young and women entrepreneurs
  • 8 policy reviews aiming at aligning IP laws, regulations and practices in the participating countries with international best practices
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Project news

14 February 2020
IPMED: strengthening innovation, awareness on intellectual property rights

The project intends to grant intellectual property rights access to 1,000 young men and women in the Mediterranean area.

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