How To Protect Your SME’s Creative Gold Mine: Using IP Rights and Mediation For Software

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) often struggle to access sufficient knowledge and resources to protect and take advantage of their Intellectual Property Rights. The first step in overcoming this barrier is understanding the IP rights of software developers and companies, which requires having an overview of the IP framework governing software protection and of the legal options available for the enforcement of any related claims.

Among the avenues that private actors have at their disposal, the one most commonly forgotten is mediation. However, mediation offers an alternative approach to dispute resolution between two or more parties that is often less costly and time-consuming and more solution-oriented than many court procedures. Thus, SMEs are some of the parties that can benefit the most from such services.

Given the current lack of awareness of IP rights and the benefits of mediation, DIGITAL SME’s Working Group IPR hosted a public online event in which all interested entrepreneurs and SMEs were welcome to join, improve their knowledge and offer their experiences on the matter.

The session was led by a group of 5 professionals in the field who not only presented their views on the matter from a wide range of perspectives, but also answered and discussed any practical questions in the audience.


11:00 - 11:10

Welcome & upcoming projects of interest for WG IPR

Naira López Cañellas, WG IPR Coordinator, European DIGITAL SME Alliance
Justina Bieliauskaite, Innovation Director, European DIGITAL SME Alliance

11:10 - 11:20

Introducing European and international frameworks for software protection

Silvana Marcotulli, Lawyer at Marcotulli & Partners, WG IPR Chair

11:20 - 11:30

Existing avenues for software protection

Rasmus Keller, Software Developer and IP-lawyer at BITMi, WG IPR Chair

11:30 - 11:40

The role of the Chamber of Arbitration and its potential benefits for SMEs

Roberta Regazzoni, Officer at the Arbitration Chamber of Milan

11:40 - 11:50

Nuts and bolts of mediation involving software

Cristina Bianchi, Consultant in IP at Jaumann & Mediator at the Camera Arbitrale di Milano

11:50 - 12:00

Case studies involving software-related mediation

Martin Svatoš, Mediator and Arbitrator at FORARB, Lecturer at Charles University in Prague, President of the WG on Mediation at ICC Czech Republic

12:00 - 12:25


12:25 - 12:30

Closing remarks