The Commission DG Enterprise and Industry has ordered a report made by an 'IPR Expert Group' titled "Removing barriers for a better use of IPR by SMEs".
Here is the list of participants of this working group:
The key contribution of the Expert Group which prepared this report is to provide a state-of-the-art picture of existing services, the take-up by SMEs, and the needs for IP support. The Group comprised:
- Ron Marchant (chairman) - former Chief Executive, the UK Patent Office (now the UK Intellectual Property Office);
- Anthony Arundel, MERIT University of Maastricht;
- Alfred Radauer - Senior Researcher, KMU FORSCHUNG AUSTRIA, (Austrian Institute for SME Research);
- Havva Coskun Head of Consulting of technology-oriented Enterprises, AGIT GmbH - Aachener Gesellschaft für Innovation und Technologietransfer (German patent service for SMEs);
- Jako Eleveld - Senior Director, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards;
- Dr Jari Kuusisto - Director of Technology, SC-Research;
- Etienne Sanz de Acedo - Deputy Director of General Affairs & External Relations, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).
Some general remarks about the report:
- the usage of the term IP or IPR is quite confusing, you have the impression that the authors uses patents in some places, without even being sure of whether it is the case;
- the report makes reference to other reports made in the first set of "Innovation Panels" that happened in 2006. One of the report specific to the ICT sector was written by a panel regrouping multinationals (Philips, Alcatel, Ericsson, IBM); they of course recommend EPLA and other means to get software patents in Europe;