The European Commission has launched "Horizon IP Scan", a free advice service for SMEs to help them manage and enhance intellectual property in collaborative R&I projects. The new service is designed for start-ups and SMEs involved in collaborative research projects under one of the EU’s research programmes, Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe.
Thanks to Horizon IP Scan, each SME will have free intangible asset assessments and use this tool to protect their intellectual property in research projects with multiple partners. Horizon IP Scan develops its services in three phases: a preparation phase that includes a pre-interview; the main interview, which takes place in a meeting in person or online; the sending of a report and recommendations. All this will be provided by a professional or expert qualified in intellectual property, with the supervision of a central coordination team.