High-growth technology business conference 2022

Online conference on 21 and 22 November 2022.

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Small and medium-sized enterprises

Rik Breur, winner of the European Inventor Award 2019 in the SME category

European patents are not just for big industry applicants. Around 21% of patent applications filed at the EPO by European applicants come from small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individual inventors, with a further 5% from universities and public research organisations from which SMEs are often spun off to commercialise new technologies. Therefore, SMEs that use European patents are typically driven by innovation and focused on scaling up their activities.

This section looks at how new and established SMEs use IP to protect and market their inventions as well as leverage them to secure higher margins, license technology, establish collaboration agreements with partners and attract investors.

Support for high-growth technology businesses

A major driver of Europe's economic growth, high-growth technology businesses are typically SMEs or start-ups that succeed in bringing innovation to established and new industry sectors.

This section provides information for businesses looking to successfully commercialise their technologies.

Innovation case studies

A series of innovation case studies on European SMEs and university spin-offs sheds light on how innovators are leveraging the power of patents and other IP rights to create value and support their businesses.

Podcast series on IP as key commercial asset

This podcast series helps inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the potential of IP to take their first steps in the business world. IP experts from all over Europe share their inspirational stories, know-how and strategies to help you turn your idea into a business.

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