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Intellectual Property Management (IPM)

How to manage your intellectual property (IP) and assets


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Legally protected intellectual assets, including intellectual property (IP), are essential for business success. In order to achieve their growth plans, businesses should have a strong IP portfolio.

Primer on IPR

Start-up Company's IP Strategies

IP Guide for SMEs

Model Agreements

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Companies build up their portfolio by applying for more patents. In addition, they are licensing and cross-licensing technology. In both cases, companies with a strong portfolio are generally in a better position to negotiate.

But to maximize the value of their intellectual assets, companies must understand how they support enterprise business strategy, protect current or future product positions, provide competitive advantage, and add value through creative, nontraditional applications.

Finally, the company's intellectual asset management strategy must be formulated with an understanding of the topography of the IP world, either by geography or type of industry.


Developing IP Strategy

Auditing Your IP

How can Your SME Acquire and Maintain IPR?

Protecting the IPR of Your SME Abroad

Protecting Trade Secrets of Your SME

License Agreement: Main Terms


Frequently Asked Questions

Using Patent Information

Turning Your Inventions into Profit-making Assets

Procedures for the Grant and Maintenance


How Can Your SME Benefit from Copyright

Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights





IP Guide for SMEs


To many, intellectual property (IP) is a rather obscure legal concept that can only be properly understood and applied by those who are specially trained. You may be asking yourself why any small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and, more so, your SME should pay attention to IP, or what benefits your SME could possibly draw from its use. The following links may provide answers to some of these questions.

Along with human creativity and inventiveness, intellectual property is all around us. Every product or service that we use in our daily lives is the result of a long chain of big or small innovations, such as changes in designs, or improvements that make a product look or function the way it does today.

Take any innovative product. Patent protection is likely to have been obtained for its various technical parts. Its design may be protected by industrial design rights. The brand name is most probably protected by a trademark and the software it uses is also somehow protected.


IP for Competitiveness

Why is IP Relevant to Your SME?

Protecting Your Business Name

Using IP Assets to Finance Your Business

Protecting IP Abroad

Why is IP Critical to Marketing of Your Products/Services?

How Can IP Enhance the Market Value of Your SME?

How Can IP Enhance Export Opportunities of Your SME?

Licensing of IPR

What Should Your SME Do to Resolve Disputes Related to IP?

Case Studies

Small Business Growth Strategies

Managing Intellectual Assets of Your SME

Development of a Technology-driven Business Strategy

Guidelines on Technology Management for SMEs

3 Steps of Technology Management

Formulation of a Technology Strategy

Enterprise Survey and Technology Auditing

Focus Areas  ▪  Grading Survey