IP5 Offices Statistical Report

The Five IP Offices (IP5 Offices) – the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – have published their annual compilation of patent statistics.

According to this report, the IP5 Offices granted 923,979 patents in 2012, which represents an increase of 17% in relation to the previous year.

For further information, visit the respective webpage of the European IPR Helpdesk.


Join Us in Vilnius for ICT 2013!

ICT 2013, "Digital Agenda for Europe", will be held in the historic city of Vilnius, Lithuania from 6th to 8th November. Comprising a conference, exhibition, networking sessions and investment forum, ICT 2013 will be attended by over 4,000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives and politicians from across Europe, providing a unique opportunity to meet leaders of digital innovation and enterprise, and to help shape future developments in a field of critical importance to European economies.

The central focus of the event will be Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

EMC2 Networking Session

EMC2 will be running a special networking session entitled "Towards More Agile and Responsive Support for Innovation". We will be asking tough but necessary questions about EU support for research and enterprise, and hopefully stimulating new and constructive ideas for improving European technology research cooperation and industry support.

Questions to be addressed include:

• What are the main concerns of industry with regard to EU-funded innovation support?

• How can we reduce bureaucracy, duplication and waste?

• How can we make the EU funding monolith agile and responsive to industry needs?

• Should projects be shorter, smaller and more focused?

If you wish to attend the EMC2 networking session, please register for the event below. This will help us with the planning and organisation.

Eventbrite - Towards More Agile and Responsive Support for Innovation

If you are using Twitter, you may use the dedicated twitter hashtag #ICT2013emc2 for this event.

An Open Invitation

If you are attending ICT 2013 in Vilnius and have a view on any of these (or related) questions, we would be delighted for you to come and give a short (5-10 minute) presentation in the EMC2 networking session, which is scheduled for Friday 8th November, 11:50-12:35. Please contact: george.whale@emc-square.org

If you're not attending Vilnius but would like to tell us your views on the above, please contact us also.

ICT 2013 will be opened by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, and Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes.

Photo: Backyard of the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, by Lestat (Jan Mehlich).


Submit Your Business Idea to .ItCup in Pisa!

Do you have an idea for turning research into business?

.itCup is a business competition taking place at the Internet Festival of Pisa, Italy, in October 2013. It is organized by Registro.it in partnership with Polo Tecnologico.

The competition organisers are seeking seed-stage projects that have a business plan or a draft for development. Up to 8 entrepreneurs will be selected to participate in .ItCup, where they will receive free coaching and an opportunity to present their start-up pitches to a group of leading investors.

The event will consist of 4 phases:

1) Selection
You can register here. Ideas will be evaluated on originality, innovation and market potential.

2) Training and personal coaching
The 8 selected seed-stage projects will participate in a training course and personal coaching session to improve their marketing pitch and business plan.

3) .ItCup day
The selected projects will be presented to investors.

4) Follow-up
Winners will receive a report with proposals and guidelines as a starting point for business development.

.itCup is open to everyone: students, graduates, researchers, professors, freelancers, individually or in teams.

To submit your business idea go to www.itcupregistro.it, complete the application forms and send them to segreteria@itcupregistro.it by 7th September 2013.


EXPERIMEDIA: €0.5M funding for innovative ideas!

EXPERIMEDIA is seeking new partners researching and developing technology in the area of Future Media Internet (FMI) to join the project. Whether you’re a service provider, application developer, broadcaster, content provider, a network provider or researcher EXPERIMEDIA is looking for novel FMI experiments that help to understand and deliver new forms of social interaction and experience in on-line and real world communities. All experiments must deliver significant impact to users and businesses within EXPERIMEDIA venues’ ecosystems at Schladming Ski Resort, Multi-Sport High Performance Centre of Catalonia (CAR) and Foundation for the Hellenic World (FHW).

The EXPERIMEDIA Open Call 2013 was published 3rd May 2013 and will close on July 3rd. This year the project has another 0.5M€ to fund experiments. All the necessary information may be found on the Open Call page and you may also want to look through the project’s public deliverables and existing experiments. If you want to stay tuned please join the EXPERIMEDIA mailing list. For any further inquiries please send an email to the EXPERIMEDIA project.


EMC2 offers a unique opportunity for technology startups!

A unique opportunity for technology startups!

Are you a technology entrepreneur? Would your startup team like to participate FOR FREE in the bitspiration 2013 Demo Day contest in Poland? Then read on ...

bitspiration (23-25 June 2013, Krakow, Poland, http://bitspiration.com/) is a premier event for creative technology entrepreneurs, one of the biggest technology/ Internet Festivals in Central and Eastern Europe.

The bitspiration Demo Day is a startup contest. With EMC2's recommendation you could gain automatic entry to the semi-final stage – as well as free access to the rest of the festival – for two of your team members.

To be considered for this unique opportunity, please send a one-paragraph resume describing your startup venture to: george.whale@emc-square.org.

Find out more information about the: Demo Day and Demo Day Rules.

Finally, in case you are interested in helping, bitspiration is raising money to fund a prize for the startup contest.


Successful presence of EMC2 at the GIE 2013

EMC2 had a successful presence at the exciting international exhibition 'Greek Innovation Expo 2013' that was held from 16 to 19 May at the Helexpo Palace exhibition center in Athens, Greece.

The EMC2 team presented more than twenty innovative applications based on the research conducted by the centre's research partners, of which more than ten innovative ideas belong to our Greek research partner: the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Information Technologies Institute (CERTH/ITI). The EMC2 team also conducted several one-to-one business meetings with Greek and international companies that laid the groundwork for future collaborations; we sure hope that those collaborations will lead to the transformation of our partners' research achievements to successful innovative products.

Mr L. Gymnopoulos presenting EMC^2

Dozens of professionals, technologists, entrepreneurs, representatives of companies, researchers and other stakeholders visited the EMC2 stand. Finally, at the invitation of the organizers the centre's Secretary, Mr Lazaros Gymnopoulos, presented EMC2 and the Greek research partner (CERTH/ITI) in a special workshop on the final day of the event.

For a full report on the outcome of the Greek Innovation Expo 2013 please download the GIE 2013 Organizers' Press Release (en) (21).