We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

This Bulletin issue is the first of a series of four to be published this year and will carry on with the same focus as before, tackling concrete aspects of the management and exploitation of intangibles, whether they belong to the assets of research organisations or small businesses.

The beginning of this year has seen the start of Horizon 2020, the new EU research framework programme that will be running for the next seven years. The underlying policy, in accordance with the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives, is about helping organisations to perform better in research, innovation and competitiveness, so as to contribute to wider social objectives such as growth, employment and sustainability. Indeed, the key word for the forthcoming years will be innovation.

The European IPR Helpdesk is enthusiastic about actively participating in the shaping of an innovation-friendly Europe, which will prove fundamental to staying competitive and keeping its place in a fast changing world. It will do so by increasing awareness of the importance of innovating for SMEs and research organisations, and, consequently, of properly managing intangible assets for their optimal valorisation. Undoubtedly, intellectual property is seen as a driving engine for the economic success of Europe in a competitive global economy where knowledge and its use is increasingly the single most important determinant of business success.

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