Boosting startups with intellectual property

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The European Patent Office (EPO) Observatory on Patents and Technology warmly invites you to its inaugural event on innovation, Intellectual Property rights (IP rights) and startups

Event details

Zurückliegende Veranstaltung
10:00 - 11:30 h

Recording of the event


Tuesday, 17 October 2023

10.00 hrs

Welcome by Moderator 
Stéphane Barbot-Maire, Chief Content Officer, 
VIVA Technology

10:05 hrs

Opening words 
António Campinos, EPO President

10:10 hrs

Presentation of the new EPO-EUIPO study “Patents, trademarks and startup finance”
Yann Ménière, EPO Chief Economist
Nathan Wajsman, Chief Economist, EUIPO

10.25 hrs

Presentation of the EPO deep tech finder
Jeremy Philpott, manager in EPO Communication

10.35 hrs

Panel discussion: Leveraging patents for deep tech startups in Europe
Michiel Scheffer, President of the Board, European Innovation Council (EIC)
Eoghan Hickey, Transaction Partner, Jolt Capital
Rhona Togher, CEO and Co-founder LIOS, Winner of the European Inventor Award 2023 – SME category
Jürgen Stampfl, Co-founder, Cubicure

11:05 hrs

Q&A with all panellists

11:25 hrs

Conclusions and closing 
Gilles Requena, EPO Chief Patent Research and Policy Officer

Referent/innen und Podiumsteilnehmer/innen

See programme.

Weitere Informationen

The event will start with the presentation of a new EPO study (in cooperation with EUIPO) assessing the use of patents and registered trade marks by European startups, and the impact of those IP rights on the startups’ funding and exit strategies. The results will shed light on the role of patents for deep tech ventures, not only as a means to protect investments in new technologies, but also as way to signal potential value to prospective investors. They will also highlight the importance of European IP rights for startups preparing to scale up in European markets.

In direct connection to these findings, the EPO will also introduce to the audience a new digital tool enabling the identification and search of startups based in EPO countries that have been filing European patent applications. This free deep tech finder will blend business information with patent information, helping potential investors detect and assess startups that are bringing disruptive inventions to market in critical technology areas.

A high-level panel will complete the event. Representatives of startups and investors (both public and private) will be invited to share their own experience and views of the relationship between innovation, IP, funding and growth, and to discuss the way forward in leveraging patents to further support deep tech ventures. Attendees will also gain new insights into the opportunities that the Unitary Patent brings to startups, unlocking further potential for growth and prosperity. 

Who should attend?

This event is intended for startups, investors and venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators, IP and business advisors, technology transfer offices in universities and research institutes, trade associations, government representatives, policy makers, industry associations, and innovation and IP enthusiasts.


The event is free of charge.

Registration deadline: 16 October 2023

Recording and data protection

Please be informed that event will be recorded and that the recorded material will be used for documentation and promotional purposes.

Please see the Data protection statement on the processing of personal data in the framework of the organisation and management of EPO meetings and events.