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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (19)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to industrial designs - industrial design protection, where and how to search registered designs, new design innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020.

Read also our interview with a young Luxembourgish designer and see her vision on Intellectual Property and design protection.  

Trade fairs - our Bulletin features an article giving practical recommendations on how to minimise the risk of infringement when exhibiting new, innovative products and services.

Article of Professor Thomas Gergen explains the advantages and risks in mediation procedures, as possible alternative to solve intellectual property disputes.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new design crossword.

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ICC Report: Adjudicating Intellectual Property Disputes

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a ground-breaking report on the adjudication of intellectual property cases worldwide, providing a snapshot of the structures and practices of specialised intellectual property jurisdictions in a group of geographically and economically diverse countries.

Based on contributions from IP litigation experts in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, the report aims to provide a better understanding of the current landscape of specialised IP jurisdictions and the way they function.

The report is accessible here.

Conference report: “Infringements of Designs Protected by Design Law and Copyright”

The conference report for the latest Knowledge and Awareness Building Conference jointly organised by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), Europol (EU’s law enforcement agency) and Eurojust (EU's Judicial Cooperation Unit) has been released.

This latest conference, held on November 2015, focused on infringement of designs protected by design law and copyright by addressing different specific topics such as the implications of 3D printing.  

The published report compiles the presentations made by the international speakers on design infringements, the disparities in current national legislation and enforcement issues together with the main findings and conclusions of the event.

You may read the full report here.

 

Have your say on the enforcement of intellectual property rights

The European Commission has launched a consultation aimed to help assess the functioning of Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRED) in the online environment.

With this consultation the Commission seeks views from all interested parties, in particular rightholders, the judiciary and legal profession, intermediaries, public authorities, consumers and civil society, on the question if the legal enforcement framework is still fit for purpose.

The public consultation will be available in 6 languages (DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, PL).

To access the consultation and/or to have further information, click here.

 

Report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights

The European Commission has just published a report highlighting the crucial role of EU customs authorities in fighting against counterfeit goods.

The report contains statistical information about the detentions made under customs procedures and includes data on the description, quantities and value of the goods, their provenance and the type of intellectual property right that may have been infringed.

According to the data shown, cigarettes represent the top category (35%) of articles detained, followed by toys and medicines.

Further information along with the full text of the report is available here.

 

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (18)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

This Bulletin issue firstly presents Intellectual Property as an economic value for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by introducing the IPR Business Insight. Reading this issue, you will also discover that companies which own intellectual property are more successful on the market and that different motives behind patenting exist depending on the size of the enterprise.

Thinking on the growing importance of the Internet as a business tool for SMEs, the Bulletin features an article on hyperlinking giving practical recommendations on how to avoid IPR infringement. Regarding the EU funded projects, this issue offers an interesting article on the applicability of the Horizon 2020 IP rules in Eurostars.

Furthermore, OHIM introduces the Harmonised Database and its advantages for trade mark applicants when building their list of goods and services.

As always, the issue reports information about training and events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a brand new trade mark crossword for those who enjoy challenges.

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OHIM's report on the economic cost of IPR infringement in the clothing, footwear and accessories sector

A new study from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) shows that the sale of fake clothes, shoes and accessories in the EU equals nearly 10% of the total sales in the sector throughout the EU 28 Member States.

The study, released through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, entrusted to OHIM, also assesses the indirect effects of the counterfeit trade such as job losses.

Further information along with the full text of the report is available here.

Report on Protection and Enforcement of IP Rights in key third countries: A guide for EU’s rights holders with their business strategies

The European Commission has realized its biennial report on Protection and Enforcement of IP Rights in third countries as a useful information source for European SMEs for better managing their risks around their IP, when developing their business operations in those countries. While assessing the latest IPR situation, the report also draws detailed arguments on progresses, concerns and improvement areas in IP for those countries outside EU.

You can access further information and the full report here.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (17)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

In this issue we start by providing you with some new important aspects under Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.            

This Bulletin then brings you useful information related to counterfeiting and IP enforcement in Europe, including the advantages of the IP customs action as an effective tool against counterfeiting and Effective Dispute Resolution, a tool guiding the parties of a proceeding before the OHIM’s Board of Appeals in the resolution of their disputes.

You will also discover the importance of developing an IP protection strategy at the earlier stage of the conception of business models, as well as the functioning of WIPO Translate, a useful tool developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

As always, we also bring you a little patent quiz and information about training and events. In addition, this issue also has some fresh news on the Helpline service.

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EU and Latin America SMEs Intellectual property and Internationalisation study

On behalf of the European Commission - DG GROW, CARSA, in consortium with PwC Luxembourg, London Economics and Innova SpA, is conducting a survey among EU SMEs active in Latin America and Latin American SMEs regarding barriers and needs in the field of protection and enforcement of intellectual property.

If you are EU SMEs entering or active in Latin America or Latin American SMEs with EU business partners, you are strongly encouraged to fulfill the survey. Your contribution will be important to gather input, views and first-hand insights to better understand the process of internationalisation and protection of intellectual property rights in Latin America.

Completing the questionnaire should take only 5-10 minutes.

The survey is available here.