IP & Innovation Office

We are a team of IP and innovation experts focusing on the Earth observation (EO) sector, and we are here to help you!  How? We have set up the IP and Innovation Office which will help you deal with key topics and get your EO-based solution off the ground.  This means pointing you to the best resources on IP – what you need, the way you need it, as well as providing you with tailored innovation support when you need it.  This includes initial business guidance as well as advice provided by EO and legal experts. 

Who are you and how can we help you?

I am

An early stage entrepreneur/Independent researcher

Do you have an EO idea you want to turn into a product or service? Intellectual property is a corner stone of maximising value, starting from a very early stage of ideation of the product. It is in fact essential to be aware of the value of your assets portfolio, protected or not, and develop a business plan and business strategy accordingly. 

Some general information on IP is accessible on the European IPR helpdesk, while for internationalisation of IP and similar information, you may want to visit the Enterprise Europe Network.  

We will help you navigate these resources, whilst also striving to provide you with information from a very specific EO-influenced angle.

For EO-focused activities related to confidentiality when negotiating with potential clients or partners, terms of using open data to build upon, or others, you can contact us and our innovation and IP experts will get back to you.

Beyond IP support, you may desire general guidance in setting up and running a business, entering the market, or gaining access to the necessary resources in this specialized field. Our innovation experts are here to discuss your needs and getting you started. 

A Start-up/ an SME

Do you develop one or few EO products/services that your business is based on? Think of protecting, by legal means and practical actions, the value within.  

To learn more visit the European IPR helpdesk, strongly focused on SMEs and their needs and browse through the results of the vip4sme project. Moreover, if you participate in the Horizon 2020 programme, you may be eligible for IP-assistance under the ip4sme project. 

For EO-focused queries related to developing an IP portfolio, internationalising your activity or protecting your assets, or others, you can contact us and our innovation and IP and innovation experts will get back to you. 

Beyond IP support, you may require further business guidance in strategic as well as operational matters. Our innovation experts are here to consult and prepare with you the next steps of your endeavours. 

A research institution

The value of R&D activities is a central piece in many activities: commercialisation activities, technology transfer, scientific collaboration with other research institutions. To learn more about the value IP protection has for you, you can read among the great resources of the European IPR helpdesk, or check you eligibility for EC-funded IP support projects such as the IP Booster 

For EO-focused queries related to technology transfer, commercialisation or dealing with confidentiality with partners institution in bilateral matters and research projects, or others, don’t hesitate to contact us and our IP and innovation experts will get back to you. 

If research is your passion and commercialisation of results is new territory or beyond current capacity, our innovation experts are here to discuss your ideas and needs, and supporting you on the business side of things. 

An investor/investee

There are many EO startups and projects that hold an idea with an excellent commercial potential. And then, there are those who don’t. We are here to assess, through an IP audit with innovation approach, if a company is worthy of your investment.  

And, if you are a company looking for an investor, here is an unique opportunity to go through an independent  IP audit and use the outcome as a seal of quality and showcase to investors the value of the product/service you are delivering. 

Some general information on IP is accessible on the European IPR helpdesk, while for EO-related queries, you may want to seek the support of our team of IP and innovation experts. 

Think you are ready for investment? Our innovation experts will validate your investment readiness, support you in finding matching funding and investment opportunities, and prepare you for successful applications to these.