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SME Update Issue 15 31 January 2013

Jean-Luc Gal Jean-Luc Gal

Delivering a unified patent system for Europe

The voting of two regulations concerning the unitary patent by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2012 is a historic decision, ending a 40-year EU patent stalemate. This single patent regulation is a watershed for the European business landscape, and in particular for SMEs, as it drastically cuts the costs of patenting and red tape beginning in 2014.

‘The overall aim is to simplify the procedure, as there will only be a one-stop shop – the EPO – in place for obtaining and maintaining the unitary patent,’ says Jean-Luc Gal, head of the Brussels bureau of the European Patent Office (EPO).

Welcome to Issue 15 of the SME Update, the online newsletter that brings readers the latest news regarding SMEs in Europe. This issue introduces the European Parliament’s and the Council’s historic decision on single patent regulation, which will alter the business landscape for European SMEs. We also introduce the SME Unit’s communication strategies aimed at embracing EU citizens and SMEs, and present the upcoming high-level conference on SMEs. This issue concludes with an SME success story on the SILCO project’s bacteria control system.

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Jean-Luc Gal Editorial

Delivering a unified patent system for Europe
Jean-Luc Gal, head of the Brussels bureau of the European Patent Office (EPO), discusses the landmark agreement on the unitary patent and the benefits it brings to European SMEs.
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Samuel Maenhout Facts & Figures

DG Research and Innovation’s SME Unit reaches out to EU citizens, SMEs
Samuel Maenhout, policy officer at the SME Unit, emphasies the strategic role to be played by SMEs in 2013 and puts forward the unit’s communication activities.
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EUROSME 2013 News & Events

Innovation tops bill at upcoming EU SME conference: A way out of the crisis?
The two-day high-level conference will discuss how innovation can help small companies become competitive, thrive and grow in today’s world.
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Success Story - SILCO

SILCO – Doing away with bacteria in water systems
The SILCO project has developed a system which employs a number of unique technical features to eliminate harmful bacteria in water systems.
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