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IP case study: Keeping trade secrets

Nearly all businesses in all industries and sectors possess trade secrets. Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property that are nevertheless often undervalued and overlooked by their owners. This is particularly the case in the service sector, where the relative...
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Online tools and services for smaller businesses

If you’re a small business looking to internationalise, Access2Markets could help you. This web portal combines the Market Access Database, the EU Trade Helpdesk and much more in a single tool. Access2Markets has all you need to know about duties, taxes, product rules and requirements for all EU...
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Interview with Anoushka Janssens from SOLVIT

Unfair rules or decisions and discriminatory red tape can make it hard for companies in the European Union (EU) to do business in another EU country. Such issues are a particular problem for small and medium sized enterprises, which may not have the regulatory knowledge and experience or the...
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Doing business with Canada in 2021

Is your company looking to expand its business outside of the European Union? Then Canada is a great consideration, and has always been a natural ally for the EU. EU-Canada trade and economic activity is boosted by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). CETA is not only one of the...
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The ‘Towards Green Transition’ call for applications is now open!

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications for the ‘Towards Green Transition’ Facility is now open. The ‘Towards Green Transition’ Facility is a new initiative to enable clusters registered at the ECCP to promote green transition skills amongst their members through technical advisory...
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China IPR case study: Tackling counterfeits

Creative industry goods are valuable not only for their designs, but often their trademarks too, and businesses should be aware that intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement can target either or both of these types of intangible assets. In actual cases of infringement, however, enforcement...
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EU support for innovative SMEs to accelerate vaccine development

Clariness is an innovative SME based in Hamburg, Germany that aims to bring medical innovations to the market faster by accelerating clinical trials. EU funding has allowed Clariness to grow and rapidly expand ClinLife. ClinLife is a free and easy-to-use website that helps patients worldwide find...
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Dealing with counterfeiters in China’s cosmetics market

As with companies in any economic sector, cosmetics firms have much to gain from early protection of their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Registering IP with Chinese authorities and customs before beginning any type of business activity in the country could potentially save SMEs a lot of money...
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Call for experts on Green Transition

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) is looking for experts to support European clusters as part of the ''Towards Green Transition'' Facility. This new initiative will enable ECCP clusters to promote green transition skills amongst their members through technical advisory support by...
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Supporting ECCP clusters to go green

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform will launch in 2021 the new ''Towards Green Transition'' Facility to enable ECCP clusters to promote green transition skills amongst their members through technical advisory support by resource efficiency advisors. In this Facility, selected clusters will...
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Developing an RDI cluster service model for SMEs through piloting

The Arctic Development Environments cluster provides businesses in Finnish Lapland a one-stop-shop access point to the expertise and services of its member organisations: universities and research organisations in the region. The cluster supports businesses by helping to improve their processes...
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PITCCH call for SMEs and start-ups now open

The Pan-European Open Innovation Network for Corporate Challenges in Advanced Technologies (PITCCH) aims to promote an open innovation network where technology centres and other innovation agents act as intermediaries to facilitate structured collaboration between big corporations (as technology...