Research institutes: The unsung heroes of invention

European research institutes: Think tanks inventing a better tomorrow

When it comes to innovative technologies, global corporations and high-tech enterprises may be at the forefront of public attention. But away from the spotlight, universities and research institutes are quietly leading the way in many technical fields. Discover the most important think tanks across Europe, including numerous winners and finalists of the European Inventor Award.

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According to the EPO's 2012 Annual Report, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet led the field in terms of patent applications among European research institutes. In the international ranking, the Danish university even placed second, right behind the University of California. 

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Patent Teaching Kit

Materials for teachers

Looking to create university courses on Intellectual Property? In cooperation with the European Patent Academy, the European Patent Office offers a number of teaching materials covering the basics of the European patent system, specifically designed for use by university lecturers.

The European Patent Academy's Teaching Kits

Intellectual Property course design manual
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Interactive teaching materials

Here's your chance to discover the basics of Intellectual Property practice in our free interactive Patent Information Tour, offering four thematic e-learning modules.

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Creating markets from research results conference

Conference: Creating Markets From Research Results

Organised by the EPO, the OECD and Munich Technical University, this conference assembled representatives from the fields of research, patenting and the industry and fostered interchange between research institutes and the global marketplace.

Bringing research to the marketplace

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