iPARK provides expert advisory services to investors, innovators, universities, donors, and government agencies through the Intellectual Property Commercialization Office (IPCO). These services include patenting, matchmaking, governance, deal-structuring, brokerage, program development, and technology audits.
IPCO can help institutions identify and protect their IP assets with rational approaches that are aligned with the institutional mission and strategy through an extensive portfolio of IP services including:
- IP strategy formulation
- Patentability check
- Patent drafting
- IP filing locally and internationally
- IP prosecution
- IP management
- Legal representation
- IP awareness
- Commercialization support
- IP policy and regulation development
- Technology transfer support and capacity building
IPCO can advise innovators, researchers, startups, and IP owners on the best way to unlock the value of their innovators through:
- Innovation assessment
- Commercialization planning
- IP strategy formulation
- IP validation
- Investor matchmaking
IPCO can advise investors seeking interest in innovation and technology through
- Technology assessment
- Technical and IP due diligence
- IP strategy formulation
- IP validation
- Asset management
MARE is an EU backed project concerned with the creation of a ‘Common Knowledge and Innovation Space’ between the EU and Membership Partner Countries (MPCs) in order to jointly tackle important global challenges. The ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ Societal Challenge is not only an EU’s critical priority towards H2020 for making the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system but is also essential for MPC countries due to energy challenges they face especially because of increasingly scarce resources, increasing energy needs and climate change.
Model IP Policy for Academic Institutions (2017-2019)
Recognizing the achievements of IPCO in assisting tens of academic institutions to draft modern IP policies, IPCO was invited to be represented on the team of 5 global experts assembled by the World Intellectual Property Organization. This team was tasked with drafting a model IP policy for academic institutions as part of the IP toolkit.
Quintuple Helix Approach to Targeted Open Innovation in Energy, Water, Agriculture in the South Mediterranean Neighborhood (5TOI_4EWAS) (2016-2019)
5TOI_4EWAS project targeted open innovation in energy, water and agriculture societal challenges through a balanced innovation-friendly ecosystem in the Southern Mediterranean Neighborhood (SMN) based on quintuple helix and NEXUS approach. The project enhanced and supported regional smart specialization and development by increasing research capacity, effective mobility of young innovators/researchers and shared knowledge to improve their participation in the EU research area. It contributed to the establishment of favorable and stable conditions for international cooperation and the set-up of a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space of specialization in the SMN for a real socio-economic impact, based on co-ownership and mutual benefits.
The Next Society (2017-2021)
The Next Society is an open community of changemakers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, public and private innovation, research and economic development hubs from Europe and 7 Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, aiming at mobilising, promoting and reinforcing innovation ecosystems and economic development in the MENA region in order to remove the barriers to innovation and unleash the creative potential, reinforce innovation ecosystems and foster the value created by innovators, and push forward concrete solutions for leveraging social and development challenges.
The project, co-funded by the European Union for a global amount of EUR 7.8 million, impacts 4 levels of the innovation ecosystem:
- Improve policy frameworks
- Foster start-up successes
- Promote and Internationalise clusters
- Accelerate technology transfer towards the enterprise
This project offers startups access to mentoring and connections to boost international exposure and development, allows business clusters to improve services and get connected with peers abroad, supports technology transfer offices to market research and get introduced to tech buyers and suppliers, and allows policy makers to collaborate with the innovation ecosystem to prepare new strategies and policies.
For more information please visit https://www.thenextsociety.co/
Participatory hub for effective mapping, acceleration and capitalization of EU-MPC NEXUS best practices (PHEMAC ) (2020-2022)
Through a participatory approach, PHEMAC will facilitate the knowledge exchange among the involved actors on PRIMA SRIA priorities related programmes, policies and results in the Mediterranean region.
Thanks to the development of an integrated platform and approach, the project will help stakeholders to become aware of what already has been developed and implemented, avoiding duplication and using consolidated existing knowledge to create new value.
Besides, PHEMAC will strongly encourage successful and sustainable public-private partnerships to counter the phenomena of the inefficient use of resources and reduce the gap between involved countries to boost economic and social reforms.
These ambitious goals will be achieved thanks to the combination of different actions such as the development of an online platform and the active involvement of the relevant stakeholders through a series of events and dedicated policy actions.
For more information please visit https://www.phemac.eu/
NEX-LABS aims to support the implementation of clean technologies for a sustainable and resilient increase of agri-food sector production based on more efficient use of energy (renewable/solar solutions) and water (wastewater treatment, water harvesting, or reuse solutions) in the MPC region, thanks to the contributions of ICT such as blockchain technology, Internet of the Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Big Data. Beyond MPC national or regional Water/Energy/Food (WEF) policy development programs, NEX-LABS will contribute to the local policy development of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 and to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through innovative integrated WEF+ICT technologies to face SDGs 2, 6&7 thanks to NDOLLs approach.
NEX-LABS targets a plethora of stakeholders, including public institutions such as ministries and national agencies, research centers or universities, SMEs, entities of the entrepreneurship ecosystem such as companies/ technology transfer organizations /technological parks/venture capital/business angels, entities collaborating to the public debate such as communication multipliers/think tanks, civil society organizations.
The European Union continues to be a global leader in terms of scientific outputs, but still lags in translating this advantage into products, services, processes and solutions that meet the demand. Failure to commercialize and deploy innovations in water, energy and food (WEF-NEXUS) means missing opportunities to improve resilience and efficiency in the use of these critical resources. WEF – CAP seeks to capture and rectify a microcosm of this reality: bring out effective economic activity from under-capitalized WEF innovations. Considering joint challenges at regional and cross-border level and the fragmented business ecosystem lacking of a cross-Mediterranean coherent framework, WEF-CAP will combine the capitalization and expansion of tools and methodologies used for innovation commercialization with the capitalization of WEF innovations in efficient practices for replication across the Mediterranean area. This will be done through the support of sustainable and resilient agri-food sector production, thus improving the energy and water efficiency: renewables, wastewater treatment, water harvesting and reuse, etc. WEF – CAP will apply past and ongoing WEF efficient practices and policies for replication under the framework of a meta cluster, reinforcing networks while mainstreaming gathered territorial evidences for effective capitalization. A successful implementation will enhance the regional SMEs competitiveness and the job creation, generating spillover effects in knowledge, resource efficiency, and the quality of life.