IP Matters

At Plougmann Vingtoft, we wish to contribute to sustainable global development. The best way for us to do so is to move innovative solutions forward and make sure that sustainable initiatives turn into good businesses. Therefore, we have introduced an initiative under the name “IP Matters”.

We cannot save the world with IP-consulting. But, we can make sure that the talented, Danish entrepreneurs, who are introducing sustainable solutions, get the support they need to turn their idea into a successful business. That is exactly what they will get from this donation.

Finn Strøm Madsen, CEO at Plougmann Vingtoft

IP Matters is a donation of expert IP-consulting and it is our way of helping Danish start-ups to be successful with their good, sustainable ideas.

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About IP Matters

Every year through to 2030, we will donate expert IP-consulting worth of DKK 50,000 to the Danish start-up that we consider able to influence one or several of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals .

This will enable a list of start-up firms to make a difference for a sustainable global development.

With the help of the entrepreneurial network Danish Business Angels (DanBAN), we will find a firm with their visions in place. A firm that can make the most of our knowledge of IPR as well as our guidance in business development.

The firm, which receives the IP Matters donation, will have access to a team of handpicked IP experts with specialized academic knowledge within the relevant business area. You can meet our experts here.

Winner of IP Matters 2020: Lifeline Robotics

The world’s first automatic swab robot was launched in Denmark on Wednesday May 27th, 2020, by a team of researchers at the University of Southern Denmark. This was the beginning of the startup journey for Lifeline Robotics.

“The IP Matters donation has given us space to focus on technical development. We have direct access to expert IP consulting once we need to protect new breakthroughs or uncover competing technologies.

Sustainable Development Goals: #3 Good Health & Well-being.

Senior Patent Attorney at Plougmann Vingtoft, Claus Elmeros, will be helping Lifeline Robotics set up an IP-strategy. Stay tuned.

Winner of IP Matters 2019: CELLUGY

CELLUGY has made a breakthrough in solving the problem of extensive use of plastic in food packaging. Their product ‘EcoFLEXY’ is a type of biomaterial packaging made from fruit and vegetable waste. EcoFLEXY is home compostable and 100% bio-based. CELLUGY’s vision is aspiring and widely recognized – they aim to replace plastic packaging used in all kinds of food products with a bio-based alternative.

“A patent-pending application sends a clear message to our (potential) investors about Cellugy’s intentions to secure IP ownership of our technology, which serves as a competitive advantage in the startup arena for biotech. PV has played a pivotal role in gaining a strong foothold in the company’s IP competencies across our team”, says Clara Capparelli, Media & Communications Coordinator at CELLUGY.

Sustainable Development Goals: #12 responsible consumption and production, #15 life on land, #14 life below water.

European Patent Attorney at Plougmann Vingtoft, Jakob Lohmann, is an expert in molecular biology and food science. He has advised CELLUGY in how an invention can be protected. Further, Jakob has advised CELLUGY on IP related matters around the EcoFLEXY technology, including the development of a future IP strategy for CELLUGY.

Apply before 31 August 2022

It is not required that applicants are members of DanBAN. We accept applications from all start-ups who fit the following requirements:

  • Danish start-up
  • Received funding with minimum DKK 250,000,- (BA equity/loan)
  • Product/solution with direct impact on one or more of UN’s 17 Global Goals

NB: We assess that our expertise is most likely to match solutions within the following global goals; however, all applications are evaluated:

  • #3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • #7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • #12: Responsible Production and Consumption
  • #14: Life Below Water

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