Developing Skills in Intellectual Property Rights Open Data for Sustainability and Circularity


Annual Conference of the European Policy for Intellectual Property

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IPR4SC - targets the lack of intellectual property informatics and management skills, i.e. ‘IP for business’ skills, that are enriched with green, digital and entrepreneurial skills. Their lack can present a barrier to successfully engage in the new (digitally enabled) transitions towards more sustainability and circularity, whilst achieving economic growth.

The general aim of the project is to increase the innovation capacity of EU inventors, trained in HE and VET organizations, in designing and implementing sustainable and circular economy businesses by boosting IP for business skills.

The project will develop educational offerings to be delivered by the HEI and VET providers that are adapted to the various target groups, include the use of open resources, and support putting IP for business into practice.




IP for business skills detailed need analysis

The crucial objective of WP2 is to deepen the knowledge on the needs of the following target groups: HE students, HE teachers, HE TTOs, VET learners, VET organizations SMEs, patent attorneys, patent offices, so as to define the contents of the topics to be included in the basic course and, especially, in the advanced modules.


IP Monitor

The main deliverable of WP3 is IP Monitor, an on-line platform which will assist IPR users to retrieve relevant IPR information according to their needs. It will be a collection of: 1) relevant freely available IPR databases on one place; 2) instructions how to use these databases with concrete examples connected to circular/sustainable innovations; 3) links to currently available important IP tools; 4) technology transfer platforms; 5) national/regional registers of IP attorneys. Technical solution will be based on a decision tree principle (hierarchically structured webpage) or chatbot. 



module design and implementation

IPR4SC develops and pilots several educational offers, among them also online course ‘Innovation and IP for Green’ (I2P for Green course) and VET short online training offerings in the format of module (VET I2P for Green module). The offering is directed towards learners that wish to consolidate and integrate knowledge on how innovation and intellectual property can support the transition to a more sustainable and circular society. The I2P for Green course and modules are based on an innovative methodology and on a case-based approach.


skills in IPR informatics and IP management

This workpackage aims at strengthening skills in IPR informatics and IP management for business (with collaboration between HEI, VET and tech providers, meeting the needs of the target groups) and strengthening the skills for designing circular economy businesses focusing on IP for business.


Circular Business Model Canvases (CBMC)

WP6 focuses on: defining of IP use cases and companies framing, that will be adopted by students for triggering the IP Co-Design Jam activity via the elaboration of the innovative "Circular Business Model Canvases (CBMC)"; the development and delivery of IP Co-Design Jam methodology and partners training; implementing the Transnational IP Co-Design Jam, hence collecting feedbacks and improving its methodology; finally, the preparation of the course Handbook for explaining to other educational providers how to replicate and spread the impact of the business workshop.


The project is co-developed and co-delivered by a partnership of 4 universities,
2 technology & innovation providers, 2 VET providers, and 2 partners supporting
the partnership, providing professional services in project management and
dissemination. Associated partners are involved, including patent offices,
and other organisations.


Tamara Besednjak Valič

Faculty Of Information Studies In Novo Mesto



Virág Szuák

Pannon Business Network Association