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INPRO - Improving IPR management services to SMEs engaging in peer learning activities

INPRO has been funded by the HORIZON 2020 European program. The project aims to collaboratively address a common innovation support challenge; namely to peer review IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) support programmes for SMEs in order to improve SMEs knowledge and attitude towards IP/IPR matters as well as to transfer good practices into regional/national programmes for intellectual property management. Specific focus will be dedicated to Creative Industries (CIs) with application in the housing domain (furniture, design, home automation, etc.). IP is a fundamental asset for enterprises in this sector and represents, or should represent, a significant tool to trade and an incentive for individual creativity and investment in creation. Despite it, smaller CI often have limited knowledge on the importance of IP and IPR management. Therefore, a proper valuation and better exploitation of IP to ensure the sector’s sustainability, as well as a better promotion of IP as the main incentive for creation and investment into CI are required. The project relates to the H2020 work program topic “Peer learning of innovation agencies INNOSUP-5-2014”.


  • Friuli Innovazione Research and Technology Transfer Centre (FINN), Lead Partner - Italy
  • Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) – Slovenia
  • AIDIMME, Instituto Tecnòlogico Metalmenico, Meuble, Madera, Embalaje y Afines (AIDIMME) – Spain


The specific objectives of INPRO project are the following:

  • creation of the INPRO peer learning group: ≥ 12 people from the 3 regions involved (2 staff members per partner + 2 external experts from each country that might be strategic at regional/national level). The aim of the working group will be to strengthen the programme design capacities and IPR support services delivery through the application of the Twinning+ methodology. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be undersigned by the partners at the end of the project to engage in more frequent peer learning activities;
  • evaluation of good practices in IPR support programmes for SMEs: the partners’ commitment is to identify the best IPR support practices and provide recommendations to the local/national policy makers and relevant stakeholders engaged in the definition of SMEs innovation support local/national programmes;
  • test a newly developed first-line support on IP and IPR matters dedicated in particular to Creative Industries in the housing domain. Pilot action will allow INPRO partners to fine-tune the new service delivery to their own local situation.


To achieve these objectives the INPRO project will facilitate the knowledge exchange among the participants on the following:

  • provision of IPR support services to SMEs and focus on the major difficulties experienced by INPRO partners in delivering these services;
  • identification of “good practices” applied by the partners and “good practices” available at EU level to be transferred in the involved territories;
  • improvement of IPR support services to SMEs, with particular focus on CI related to the housing domain;
  • enhancement of qualitative procedures in IPR auditing;
  • improvement of the administrative aspects in the IPR management both at SME level and PA level.

Using the Twinning Advanced methodology, INPRO initiative will lead to the elaboration of a Design Options Paper (DOP), which will serve as a “guide” or a “handbook” to other innovation agencies to design and/or deliver similar support services.


Year 2016

Claudia Di Benedetto
Phone: +39 0432 629924