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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (21)

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 21 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to Women and Intellectual Property. The women presented are remarkable examples of personal and professional enthusiasm, consistent force and creativity, representing the diversity of the intellectual property professional area.

Ms. Kaori Saito, Gender and Diversity Specialist, discusses the past and future gender and IP initiatives of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Ms. Claire Bury, the Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT (European Commission) with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market is giving us an overview on some key statistics and programmes related to women in the innovation sector.

A short article developed by our partners from Enterprise Europe Network introduces the Women Entrepreneurship Sector Group (WEG), an initiative offering tailored support to women entrepreneurs.

Read our interviews to discover the IP professional experiences of three women entrepreneurs and one scientist.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service.

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Design management in a furniture company

Enterprises often devote a significant amount of time and resources to enhance the design appeal of their products. Protecting an industrial design makes business sense as it improves the competitiveness of a company and often brings in additional revenue.

This case study illustrates how to avoid pitfalls in the management and protection of design rights.

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Managing confidentiality when starting a business

Before starting the development of commercial activities with the support of external business partners, it is crucial to protect confidential information that can have a significant economic value. Any leakage of such information may cause irrevocable outcomes for businesses, especially during the initial stages of business development.
 
With this case study, you will discover how the Romanian entrepreneur, Monica Talpalaru, benefited from the European IPR Helpdesk services in managing confidential information when setting up her new enterprise.
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A path through an innovation ecosystem

Being a leader in a market sometimes deters companies from investing in R&D activities as they rely on their current market shares. However, for sustainable success in business, companies should not ignore innovation and they ought to consider intellectual property as a part of their business strategies.
 
Read the story of a Turkish company, Kayseri Seker, to discover how the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador Scheme helps companies to build up an R&D and IPR-based business strategy, leading to creation of an innovation ecosystem.
 
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Transferring projects results to a new entity

“Nemo dat quod non habet” – “no one gives what he doesn't have”.

APEx was a CIP-ICT-PSP project under which national archival institutions from 33 European countries and the International Centre for Archival Research have released a new version of the Internet portal for documents and archives in Europe.The APEx consortium partners decided to transfer the results developed to a new entity – the Archives Portal Europe Foundation (APEF). A number of questions needed clarification and a common understanding among partners before the transfer occurs – the identification of the results and their respective owners.

This case study is an example of exploitation of project outcomes through the creation of a new legal entity.

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EPO Virtual classrooms on "Technology commercialisation"

The European Patent Academy is organising a series of virtual classroom sessions introducing the technology commercialisation.

The lessons are based on ip4inno training modules, specifically designed for companies, business advisors, technology transfer offices and others aiming to utilise intellectual property in their businesses. The programme comprises five sessions in the period of four weeks and the participants only need to register once for all five sessions:

30 May 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
1 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
13 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
15 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
20 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
The registration cost is 100 EUR covering all four one-hour virtual classroom sessions.
The registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be closed once the maximum number of participants (100) is fulfilled.
 
Further information about the training and the registration form are available here.
 

OHIM’s public consultation on the Strategic Plan 2020

The Strategic Plan 2020, developed by OHIM, provides a roadmap for the vision and strategic goals set by the Office for the next five years. OHIM now launches a public consultation after reflecting the contributions and recommendations raised during the first consultation period of last year.

With this second study, the Office is once again looking forward to gathering feedbacks from wide range of sources including staff, stakeholders and users to understand the full effects of the Regulation amending the EU trade mark.

The consultation will run until Tuesday 15 March 2016.

For more information about the draft Strategic Plan 2020 and to submit your contribution, please click here