The EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk (the "Helpdesk"), one of the services of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation which aims at supporting EU and Japanese companies, organisations, and individuals to search for partners as well as to help better understand and facilitate tech transfer transactions, is launching a new initiative by collaborating with SHIGA International Patent Office ("Shiga") starting October 2020.
Shiga is one of the largest Japanese intellectual property firms covering a wide range of technical fields across various industries and well-versed in diverse IP practices of many countries. The Helpdesk and Shiga will work together on a new endeavour to facilitate partnerships among universities and startups/SMEs from the EU, and large corporates from Japan. The initiative aims at filling the gap between technology creators from the EU and technology developers based in Japan. The program will allow technology transfer managers, researchers, and entrepreneurs from the EU to pitch online in front of an audience of IP and R&D managers (based in Japan), to promote licensing and R&D collaboration opportunities between the EU and Japan. Technologies will be selected by the Helpdesk and Shiga and presented to the audience by geography, institution, or industry. Further details on how to participate in this initiative will be released in the following weeks on the websites of the organisations.