The IPA4SME campaign has been launched and is looking for SMEs in need of assistance with their Intellectual Property (IP) valorisation. IPA4SME (“Boosting the use of IP with an action specifically designed for Innovative SMEs”) is a unique business opportunity for SMEs to acquire IP Valorisation and Protection, through a variety related services.

The beneficiaries of these Intellectual Property services are SMEs that have been awarded the Seal of Excellence from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, and they can apply for the following:

  • Free IP Pre-diagnostics: a customised report by a verified IP Expert on your business strategy related to IP with recommendations on achieving a secure and efficient exploitation of your assets. The service is available to SMEs registered in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
  • Financial reimbursement of IP protection costs, specifically eligible costs of qualified IP attorney and European patent application fees, for all EU and COSME countries.

The REACT project and the REACT Network for Climate Change Research and Education in Southeast Asia are organising an International Conference on Climate Change in Ho Chi Minh City from September 19 - 20, 2019.

The International Conference CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES FOR THE LOWER MEKONG BASIN REGION: FINDINGS, CRUCIAL PROBLEMS AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM ACTION PLANS TO DATE aims to bring together scholars and researchers of Higher Education and research institutions from the region in order to create a stronger network and foster intraregional collaboration in CC research and innovation. Stakeholders from industry, NGOs, government and other institutions from the region will be invited in order to take part in the discussions of the findings. The goal is to convey and unite the efforts of researchers and stakeholders in order to reflect and build up on the existing knowledge and boost the efforts in CC related research and actions in the region.

Representatives of 12 Libyan Higher Education Institutions, members of the  WHEEL project, congregated from 8th April 2019 to 11th April 2019 to celebrate the Kick Off Meeting of the project. WHEEL is a Capacity Building Higher Education project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which is coordinated by Università Degli Studi di Genova.

 

The project aims to improve management and operation of the Libyan higher education institutions. WHEEL will achieve that goal by setting up a Network of Libyan universities as a learning platform to foster the modernization and strategic planning of the university system in the country, as well as, devising concrete policy proposals to meet the social and political challenges of Libya. The University of Alicante, relying upon its expertise on international project management and capacity building, will provide support to this project as partners.

CUDIMHA project Erasmus+CUDIMHA (CUrriculum Development: an Innovative Master in History and Archaeology) meeting is taking place from April 10th to April 11th, 2019 at the Masaryk university premises, Brno, Czech Republic. This project, co-funded by Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by the University of Molise, aims to develop a new curriculum in the History and Archaeology through the delivery of an ex novo innovative master in the field of History and Archaelogy which will foster modernisation, internationalisation through Tunisian HEIs openness to new teaching and learning methods and European cooperation.

On 1st April, a delegation of the China Trademark Association visited the University of Alicante. The meeting was hosted by the International Project Management Office at the University of Alicante City Center Building.

During the meeting, the International Project Management Office was presented by Dr. Ester Boldrini, OGPI Deputy Director. Ms Noelia López, OGPI Senior Project Manager, presented the Erasmus+ CIPnet project, a project that is implemented in China to promote the modernisation and harmonisation of Intellectual Property Management practices in the higher education system, with a view to enhance university-industry collaborations and contribute to economic and social development.

On March 2019, the II Training of Trainers took place in Zhanjiang (China), organized and hosted by Lingnan Normal University. The Training was attended by more than 60 participants from 14 Chinese Higher Education Instituions.

During this training, entittled "Intellectual Property Policies for Universities. The Aim, the Structure and the Content", the participants discussed IP Policies at the Universities, from the general overview of the role and importance of IP Policies to the universities, to the basic content of IP Policies, to the specific issues to be covered by IP Policies.

OGPI has participated in two international events on intellectual property issues taking place in Guatemala. Firstly, our experts were invited to participate in an international seminar on Marketing and Communication strategies for IP national offices organized by Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, in collaboration with the Patent and Trademark Office in Guatemala and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. This 3day seminar that took place in the city of Antigua (Guatemala) congregates national IP offices from different Latin American countries with a common aim: to find new ways for engaging with SMEs and raising awareness about the need of protecting their intellectual property assets before starting to commercialize their products and services.

From 12th March to 15th March 2019, a delegation of the International Project Management Office (OGPI), together with representatives from Student Support Center of the University of Alicante, participated in the 1st PACES Workshop on Employability of Higher Education Graduates with Special Needs and the PACES Mid-Project Management Meeting in the city of Cairo (Egypt).

During the event, they joined colleagues from 4 universities from Morocco, 4 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from  Egypt, 1 from Slovenia, 1 from Greece and 1 from United Kingdom. It  was a very productive opportunity to share expertise on accessibility to Higher Education, work with student with disabilities and discuss issues linked to international project management strategies within the sector of Higher Education. Partners also reached important agreements to orientate the implementation of future activities in the project, which comprise the creating of Volunteer Support Scheme at partners institutions lead by the University of Alicante.

Twenty-two representatives of eight Haitian, Irish and Austrian Higher Education Institutions, members of the  EMINENT project, gathered together from 26th February 2019 to 1st March 2019 to celebrate the Kick Off Meeting of the project. EMINENT is a Capacity Building Higher Education project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which aims to develop Higher Education Quality Assurance Systems in Haiti and in addition extend impact to the Caribbean region. The University of Alicante, relying upon its expertise on international project management and capacity building, coordinates this project “Towards the Enhancement and Harmonisation of HEIs Quality Assurance in Haiti in response to national and International Developments”.

After the successful completion of the previous funding period, a new consortium of four partners now takes up its work for the next contractual term of the European Intellectual Property (IP) Helpdesk. Managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) on behalf of the European Commission, the initiative supports cross-border SME and research activities to manage, disseminate and valorise technologies and other IP assets at an EU level.
The new consortium receives EUR 3 million funding for an initial period of three years, and will be coordinated by the German SME EURICE – European Research and Project Office GmbH. EURICE has been responsible for the training and communication activities of the service already in the previous three years term. The consortium is completed by the Spanish academic partners University of Alicante and University of Navarra as well as the German technology transfer agency TUM-Tech GmbH.