SPI represented Southeast Asia IPR SME Helpdesk at the EU Cluster Conference in Bucharest, Romania.

20 May 2019


Figure 1 – SPI represented Southeast Asia IPR SME Helpdesk with joint participation from China IPR SME Helpdesk, Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk and European IPR SME Helpdesk


Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) is a partner in the Southeast Asia IPR SME Helpdesk and presented the Helpdesk at the EU Cluster Conference 2019 which was held on the 14th – 16th of May 2019 in Bucharest, Romania. The event is a unique chance to hear and discuss about recent and future priorities for cluster policies and developments to support an innovative, sustainable industrial modernisation and interregional cooperation, with the spotlight on building bridges among the different actors of the cluster community.

This year’s interactive, participatory conference is dedicated and will focus on topics such as digitalisation and skills gap, circular economy, shared value and social impact.

The 6th edition of the European Cluster Conference is bringing together 400 cluster policy-makers, cluster managers, practitioners and other stakeholders. The event is organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs together with Romania, under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

SPI, represented by Martha Octavia, from SPI International Team, attended the conference and raised awareness of the Southeast Asia IPR SME Helpdesk services to the Cluster managers and SMEs who attended the conference.

Southeast Asia IPR SME Helpdesk is a project co-funded by the European Commission´s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and runs for 48 months started from September 2018 and comprises of Pracsis as the Coordinator, EURICE, and SPI. The South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property (IP) rights in or relating to South-East Asian countries, through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.

All the background information and regular updates on the project can be found at https://www.southeastasia-iprhelpdesk.eu/. Moreover, you can follow us on Linkedin, Facebook, or Twitter.

More pictures of the EU Cluster Conference are available here.