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European IPR Helpdesk

The European IPR Helpdesk is the official IP service initiative of the European Commission providing free-of-charge, first-line advice and information on Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The service addresses researchers and European SMEs participating in EU-funded collaborative research projects as well as SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes, especially within the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

The European IPR Helpdesk provides assistance on IPR issues, information on the latest developments in the world of IP and R&D in Europe as well as training on IPR through the following tools:

The Helpline service is operated by a team of IP experts. It offers tailor-made advice on individual IP and IPR questions, and provides written answers within three working days. The team also assesses and revises IP related issues within contracts and other agreements such as licensing or distribution agreements, joint ownership agreements and consortium agreements.

The European IPR Helpdesk team participates in brokerage events and conferences to inform about the services, and organizes individual IPR training sessions throughout Europe: both as on-site training or as web-based seminars, which participants can join conveniently from their own computers.

Various publications such as guides, fact sheets or case studies provide useful information and practical guidance on how to tackle IP issues in business or during an EU-funded collaborative research project. All documents can be found in an online library on the European IPR Helpdesk website. In addition, a regular email newsletter and a quarterly Bulletin are made available. The team also provides informative material on request which can be distributed on events or in daily business.


For more information please visit the European IPR Helpdesk website or get directly in touch with the Helpdesk team:

Phone: +352 25 22 33 333 |  Fax: +352 25 22 33 334  |  Email: [email protected]