Intellectual Property is a collection of legal rights that provide control over the availability and use of skills, creativity, resources and technology and gives the owner or his licensee a competitive advantage. To the contrary of what is generally believed, IP is not limited to patent applications. There are many other IP rights, protecting different types of creations.
Overview of Intellectual Property rights
|Legal rights||What for?||How?|
|Patents||New inventions||Application and examination|
|Copyright ©||Original creative or artistic forms||Exists automatically|
|Trade marks ™/®||Distinctive identification of products or services||Use and/or registration|
|Registered designs||External appearance||Registration|
|Trade secrets||Valuable information not known to the public||Reasonable efforts to keep secret|
Since IP can be one of the sources of your competitive advantage, it should not be overlooked. It is essential to protect your IP, but also to optimize the exploitation of these rights by others. However, the process of protecting your IP right is time and resource consuming. Therefore, lifetech.brussels can support you trough this process. We can :
For instance, the Brussels Capital Region supports you in the protection of your IP
Furthermore, Belgium has a particularly favorable tax regime for companies active in Research and Development activities and protecting their intellectual property.
Other resources on the topic :
lifetech.brussels wants to support and foster the internationalization of its members. To that end, the cluster offers a broad range of services:
Brussels invest & export
Brussels Invest & Export is the foreign trade and foreign investment department of the Brussels Region Public Service (BRPS). Brussels Invest & Export works on behalf of the economic development of the Brussels-Capital Region by fulfilling a two-fold mission:
Ghislain Breydel - email@example.com
EEN - Enterprise Europe Brussels Network
Enterprise Europe Brussels is your business support for entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization in Europe and beyond.
Set up and funded by the European Commission, our network is composed by more than 600 organizations from 54 countries mostly in Europe. The main objective is to support SMEs in their innovation and internationalization projects by providing them value-added services:
Benjamin Carnec – firstname.lastname@example.org
International partnership advisor Health and e-Health
NCP - National Contact Point Brussels
Brussels National Contact Point (NCP Brussels) is a regional initiative whose aim is to help companies, universities, research centres and other stakeholders of the Brussels Capital Region to access EU funding for Research and Innovation.
NCP Brussels team can assist and advise you before the project submission, during the project implementation and for the exploitation of the project's results.
You have a project idea in the field of Health or e-health and are looking for EU funded Research and Innovation opportunities?
There are many EU funding opportunities for companies, researchers, hospitals, health procurers, pharmaceutical companies, aisbls and institutions willing to do research and innovate in the Health and e-health sector.
Find out some of the most relevant programmes and initiatives funded by the EU suitable for your RDI project: http://www.ncpbrussels.be/eu-funding-opportunities/what-eu-funding-for-my-r-i-project/for-health-projects
The Brussels-Capital Region has 5 export incentives available covering the main aspects of seeking out international opportunities:
Other useful subsidies
Exportbru, a subsidiary of the Brussels Regional Investment Agency, can help you to deal with the financial requirements generated by your export business.
Starting your project in the health sector, you might need office space, lab space or even an address to register your head office. Different solution exist in Brussels, all targeting different types of needs.
Brussels has a network of 8 Business Centers aiming to support and accompany entrepreneurs by providing :
Citydev.brussels' focuses mainly on reception facilities for companies including industrial parks, science parks, centers for SMEs and buildings for businesses.
impulse.brussels analyzes your needs and determines the type of permit to request. We will clarify with you the procedure and the elements necessary to complete the permit application forms. We will also make recommendations to optimize the project and clarify administrative decisions on the subject. For any question, send us an email.
Different sources of funding to develop your lifetech project are available in the Brussels Capital Region. The first step is to identify what you need to finance. The source of funding to finance a new office may not be the same as the type of financing required to finance an Research & Development project. In parallel, you should also try to well estimate your financing needs. We strongly advise you to make a complete financial plan based on sound assumptions.
You would like to discuss you financial plan with one of our experts? Plan a meeting here.
Once your needs are defined, there are different funding possibilities.
You will find an first overview of these below.
Moreover, our experts can help you identify the possibilities that are most appropriated to your project's phase and topic.
Specific funding for lifetech projects:
Starting your project/risk capital or loan: Caring entrepreneurship fund
Research funding or starting your project by developing new diagnosis and prevention tools against cancer: Fondation Fournier Majoie
Additional useful link: www.ecosubsibru.be
You know other sources of funding that could be relevant for our members? Do not hesitate to contact us (lien vers contact).
 The list is not exhaustive, for more information, please contact one of our experts.
Developing a business and a financial plan are essentials steps in the creation of your projects. It will help you negotiating with external financiers, bankers, venture capitalists or with the administration. Therefore, it is important that these phase is not to be treated as one of the many administrative steps. A business plan typically includes detailed information about the organization or team attempting to reach the goals. A financial plan contents all relevant financial information about your project.
These documents are not static and they evolve along with your project. Therefore, it is very important to update them every time a decision is made that might impact the organization of your project.
If you have no clue on how to begin, here are some links that might help you start:
- On our partner website, you will find a complete template for your financial and business plans with all explanations.