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An interesting study, dedicated to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), conducted by the European Patent Office (EPO) shows that SMEs rely on European patents to protect their high-potential inventions and that two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited. Through this accurate analysis, EPO finds that SMEs depend heavily on partnerships with domestic or foreign partners (usually another European country) and this collaboration is an efficient way of sharing the financial burden of innovation.

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