Intellectual Property Strategy



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Service description

The service is provided in three consecutive phases: Phase 1: IP assets health check. This initial phase involves a comprehensive assessment of current intellectual property assets to identify their status, strengths, and weaknesses. It includes auditing existing IP to ensure it's properly protected, up-to-date, and aligned with the company's business objectives. Phase 2: Patentability and FTO analysis. Detailed analyses are conducted to determine whether innovations can be patented and if they are free to operate (FTO). This involves thorough research and investigation into existing patents and IP rights to evaluate the likelihood of securing patent protection and the freedom to commercialize the invention without legal constraints. Phase 3: IP medium and long-term strategy. Planning the future management of IP assets to align them with the strategic business goals. This includes: Creation of a roadmap for acquiring, protecting, and managing your IP assets. This may involve recommendations for filing new patents, trademarks, or registering copyrights.; Explore potential ways to leverage IP for commercial gain.; Develop a plan for enforcing IP rights against infringement.; Establish a system for ongoing monitoring of your IP portfolio and the competitive landscape. EIC beneficiaries are deep-tech companies that must not only use IP assets to protect their innovations but can also smartly leverage these assets when attracting capital both public and private. IP assets have a direct impact on the negotiating power of startups with investors and can also facilitate public funding. However, protecting IP adequately requires resources and capital that need to be efficiently used at small companies. While many IP workshops and specialists are mostly used to working with big corporates and Universities, this workshop is specially focused on the needs and realities of small and medium-sized deep-tech startups. Beneficiaries - startups, spinoffs - will get a better knowledge - from a strategic point of view- on how to use IP when efficiently attracting capital. The workshop is not focused on the legalities or procedural details which usually are dealt by lawyers and patent agents but on entrepreneurial strategies, and practical use cases focused on maximising value efficiently.

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Technology Readiness Level
TRL 1 – Basic principles observed
TRL 2 – Technology concept formulated
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Financial requirements

​Milestone-based payment structure defined on a case-by-case basis ​​