Assistance for patenting is a service provided to support project partners when the exploitation of one or more project results would benefit from patenting.
The patenting process is a critical point for the exploitation of research projects. It can be crucial for turning innovative ideas and inventions into competitive products. It can also ensure an income from invention without the need to invest in its commercialisation. Because of its importance, patenting requires specific skills and expertise which are not always possessed by researchers and companies.
Once the service requested, an expert explains the different modalities and procedures to be followed, and assist the project participants with the writing and the filling of patent, and with the legal follow-up of applications.
How much does it cost?
The services provided by the Innovation Platform are free of charge. The consultant's fees and travel and daily expenses are covered by the European Commission.
How can I request this service?
This service is available to all projects funded by the Industrial Technologies programme (NMP) under FP7.
Either the EC project officer or a project partner (with the previous approval by the EC project officer) can request this service via email, attaching the list (PDF version, 316KB), previously completed, in order to identify the needs of the project. This service can be requested at any time during the project's lifespan and for completed projects.
Consult also the services provided by the IPR HelpDesk (PDF version, 1.4MB).