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China to boost IPR protection

The Chinese government on Wednesday vowed to boost intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in upgrading the country's economy.

IPR protection is key for a country's development and competition and China will work to forge a better legal, market and cultural environment for IPR protection, said a statement issued after an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

For businesses wishing to enter the Chinese market, the China IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to China, through the provision of free information and services.

More information about the China IPR SME Helpdesk services is available here.

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French Business Angels Week

The French National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) is the partner of the 9th edition of the Business Angels week organised by France Angels this year from November 24 to 28. The aim of this initiative is to foster the Business Angels activity, present their role and their work as business creators.

To check the list of the events and for more information, please click here.

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Tunisia joins TMview

As of 20 October 2014, The Tunisian National Institute for Standardization and Industrial Property (INNORPI) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. The integration of INNORPI is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners. The incorporation of INNORPI also means that the first trade marks in Arabic will be searchable in TMview.

This last extension brings the total number of offices participating in TMview to 36 and with the addition of more than 65,000 Tunisian trade marks, TMview now provides information and access to almost 24.5 million trade marks in total. Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 9 million searches from 214 different countries, with users from Spain, Germany and Italy among the most frequent visitors.

For further information on TMview, please click here.

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The SPB has introduced a new trademarks and designs e-filing system

From the 30th of September 2014, the submission of the trademarks and designs applications and other related documents can be filed through the newly amendment electronic system of the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (SPB). A new system allows filing the applications and sending other documents and communications more easily and faster.

The e-filing system is designed and implemented in collaboration with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). The improvement of the electronic tools will allow easier and more efficient services, consistently contribute to the state’s e-government implementation measures and reduce the likelihood of corruption.

For further information, please click here.

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Business Skills for Successful Entrepreneurship

To encourage better understanding and management of IP, Ideas Matter has issued a brochure as a compilation of the best online training and information resources available to start-up companies and small enterprises. These resources represent a significant investment by specialized organizations, yet almost all are freely available, because these organizations understand that good management of IP by entrepreneurs can not only help individual businesses, but also benefit society more broadly.

Entrepreneurs must master many skills to build a business. To make that process easier, the resources in this brochure offer some help with basic IP skills training to enable entrepreneurs to manage their valuable assets in ways that could determine the level of their success.

The brochure can be downloaded freely here.

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EPO launch of new online filing tool

Continuing to improve the quality of services to its users by establishing a one-stop shop for applicants, the European Patent Office (EPO) has launched a new system for the online filing of patent applications.

"The launch of the new online filing system version 1.8 today constitutes a further significant move on the way to modernising the EPO's IT services as agreed with our member states," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "Following on to the successful launch of the mailbox, the new system supports the overall strategy of the Office to equip the European patent system with the best possible IT environment in order to reduce administrative costs for applicants. It also helps to align the European and PCT procedures under the same tool," he added.

Accessible through a browser interface, the new online filing system is web-based and does not require any installations or security updates by the user, which responds directly to a long-standing request of patent applicants. It fully supports patent applications filed both under the European Patent Convention and the Patent Cooperation Treaty, also including subsequently filed documents for both procedures.

For more information, please click here.

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Defending and enforcing IP

Starting from an overall understanding of the relevance of IP “from the idea to the market”, the aim of this new fact sheet is to point out that in order to enforce IP rights it is vital that organisations be aware of the intangible assets they own and take steps to protect and properly manage them. In so doing, organisations having IP as an underlying business asset will be less susceptible to IP abuses.

Should an IP right infringement occur it is suggested that alternative mechanisms to resolve disputes are explored and that, only when this is not a viable solution, you enforce your rights through legal proceedings.

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WIPO Pearl launched, a Free Multilingual Terminology Database

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new database providing free access to a wealth of multilingual scientific and technical terminology.

Through its web-based interface, WIPO Pearl promotes accurate and consistent use of terms across different languages, and makes it easier to search and share scientific and technical knowledge.

The database initially includes terms found in applications filed via WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and will eventually include collections from other areas of WIPO, such as trademarks, industrial designs, and terminology found in other treaties administered by WIPO.

For further information, please click here.

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EPO Patent Information News issue 3/2014 is available online

Patent Information News is a quarterly publication that informs European patent information users of new developments in the area. It covers legal status data, bibliographic data, raw data, tips on Espacenet and other services, and much more.

To download this issue and subscribe to receive further editions, please click here.

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ICC IP research paper on trade secrets

The contribution of trade secrets to knowledge diffusion and collaborative innovation is the focus of the latest intellectual property research paper from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

This latest paper aims to inform policymakers about shortcomings in existing frameworks for trade secret protection, which can undermine cross-border collaboration. It comes amid growing awareness among companies of their vulnerability to the theft of confidential business information.

For further information and to freely download the paper, please click here.

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