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discover.IP is a free service for existing companies or those to be founded from Austria, which would like to develop their knowledge in dealing with intellectual property (IP). In a confidential meeting with IP experts of the Austrian Patent Office (ÖPA) and the Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws), you will obtain the basic information and suggestion for the protection and/or utilisation of your intellectual services and innovations

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IP Hub

The online portal “IP Hub” bundles the services surrounding intellectual property. At www.ip-hub.gv.at you will find a central contact point for all provisions regarding the matter of innovations, market protection and copyright. On the website enterprises, inventors and interested parties can obtain a quick overview of all the funding and consultation provisions available from the federal government. The IP Hub has been set up at the Austrian Patent Office.

Knowledge transfer centres

With the creation of three regional knowledge transfer centres (WTZ OstWTZ Süd  and WTZ West) as well as a thematic knowledge transfer centre in the field of Life Science, the Austrian universities provide an important contribution to the intensification of knowledge transfer from science to economics and society.

The objective of the regional knowledge transfer centres is to optimise and further develop the handling of intellectual property. The economy and industry should receive targeted information through networking actions in order to obtain improved and faster access to new findings, technologies, expertise and standards of knowledge. In particular, the search for university cooperative partners and a swift implementation of initiation of projects should be simplified. When doing this, particular attention should be paid to knowledge transfer in the field of humanities, social and cultural sciences (GSK) and the arts. As a result of this, the competitiveness within the national and international environment is strengthened, thus supporting Austria in its development to become an “Innovation Leader”.

The knowledge transfer centre in the east, WTZ Ost, commits in its brochure Shaping Knowledge Transfer to the novel project collaborations between the nine Vienna universities and external partner organisations from research, developments, art, culture, economics and politics, which have emerged in the last four years. The publication provides an insight into the four-year creation of WTZ Ost using editorial contributions, essays, statements and information visualisations, with particular attention paid to the fields of humanities, social and cultural sciences (GSK), the exploration and development of the arts (EEK), art and their possibilities and challenges in knowledge transfer.

The knowledge transfer centres are supported by the Austrian Council for Research, Technology and Development and operatively developed by Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws).

Founding prize Phönix: The competition for start-ups, spin-offs and research teams

The Austrian founding prize PHÖNIX will be awarded every year on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Federal Ministry of Digitalisation and Economic Affairs. PHÖNIX distinguishes start-ups, spin-offs, prototype projects as well as female entrepreneurs and shows how essential the successful knowledge transfer is for Austria as an innovation location. The Austrian founder prize PHÖNIX is awarded in the four categories start-up, spin-off, prototype and female entrepreneur. 

Knowledge valorisation platform of the EU Commission

The knowledge valorisation platform links actors within the European Union with the same objective to change excellent research results and data produced in Europe into sustainable products and solutions to the benefit of all - whether it be for prosperity, improvement for the environment, societal progress or improved policy-making.

The platform provides stakeholders with the space to exchange best practices and make contacts, exchange experiences and to help shape guidelines, and to keep in touch with the EU developments in the field of knowledge valorisation. Lastly, the objective of the platform is to improve policy and to develop capacities and capabilities.

IPR Helpdesk

The IPR Helpdesk provides free support for European SMEs and beneficiaries of EU-financed research projects with the management of their own intellectual property within the framework of transnational business r EU-research and innovation programmes. The European IP Helpdesk supports European SMEs and research teams that are involved in cross-border business and/or EU-financed research activities, in the management, distribution and appreciation of their intellectual property. With a wide spectrum of information material, a helpline service for direct IP support as well as on-site and online training, the main objective is to support the IP capacity development across the whole bandwidth of IP practices: from the sensitisation through to the strategic use and successful use.

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