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Sectors: Economy - Finances, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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African country: Egypt 

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Funds for: Contributing to the improvement of the Egyptian economy and enhanced scientific research through better use of the patent system
Main beneficiaries: Public Administrations and Mandated bodies

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Contributing to the improvement of the Egyptian economy and enhanced scientific research through better use of the patent system
Main beneficiaries: Public Administrations and Mandated bodies

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Objectives
* Contribute to the improvement of the Egyptian economy and enhanced scientific research through better use of the patent system

Priorities
* Upgrade the institutional, technical and raising awareness capacities of the Egyptian Patent Office (EGYPO) towards accepted international standards thereby leading to improved operations that attract more patent filings by Egyptian inventors, particularly in the scientific community

Among financed actions
* Develop IP strategy and provide mechanisms linking the EGYPO with universities, the industrial sector and research centres affiliated with scientific research, agriculture and health ministries, etc;
* Review of IP strategies, policies and mechanism linking patent offices and IP engaged bodies in EU member states prepared and disseminated;
* Joint IP strategic plan connecting the EGYPO with the scientific researchers in Egypt developed, specifically including coordination and interrelation between the EGYPO and scientific centres in the IP sphere;
* Develop IP strategy on awareness and enforcement targeting SMEs based on EU best practices;
* Develop a methodological guide on patent protection (guide for applicants) and SMEs IPR booklet (on integration of IP as business model, know your rights, where to go? etc.); 
* Improve IPR support services to potential beneficiaries (Chambers of Commerce, Universities, business intermediaries) by developing a Helpdesk and info-service and setting-up local contact points (helpdesks) for SMEs and their advisors providing first-line support on IP and enforcement issues; 
* Carry out a comparative analysis of patent offices at EU member states on working modality including structures, tasks and responsibilities;
* Identify and provide training needs of staff in all departments

Additional information
* This is call for proposals is an open call for proposals 

* Initial duration of the project: 27 months

* Eligibility
– Be Public Administrations and Mandated bodies as per Twinning Manual of European Union Member State

– Apply through EU Member States’ National Contact Points