Training the trainers
Every day business advisors, TTOs and other intermediaries come into contact with innovative people who want to commercialise their new ideas. To equip them with the necessary knowledge about IP and related commercialisation issues, the European Commission, the EPO and 18 other institutions have come together to develop a range of IP strategy teaching materials to be used in a "train the trainers" philosophy.
In the first step, twelve 3-hour modules were created comprising
They are now being extended to twenty modules (a total of over 50 teaching hours), to cover topics such as IP licensing, IP valuation and financing, open innovation, IP enforcement and patent information.
All of the training material has been written by experts from national patent offices, commercial law firms, business advice centres, innovation support agencies and universities.
The original materials were developed in English, but some of them have already been translated into other languages, with more translations being created every month.
Many of the project materials are openly available from the project website. The teaching modules, however, are on a part of the website accessible only to registered users. Registration is free, and users are encouraged to adapt, customise or translate the modules, on condition that they respect a few rules:
Registration for access to the modules comes automatically to participants at ip4inno workshops run regularly by the EPO or other partners. Business advisors wishing to use the modules but who are unable to attend a training can make a request to the Innovation Support Unit of the European Patent Academy by e-mail.