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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin issue (14)

This summer issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin firstly presents an easy-to-use map of different free-of-charge initiatives available to assist SMEs with intellectual property related matters. Thinking on the growing relevance of designs in business, the Bulletin features an article on industrial design protection in the EU and the use of its grace period. An interview with a European agro/food biotech company underlines the relevance of IP in the biotechnology sector.

Regarding the research sector, this issue offers an interesting article on the DESCA 2020, a model consortium agreement tailored to be used in Horizon 2020. Two pieces featured by OHIM show the importance of IP enforcement via the outcomes of the first International IP Enforcement Summit and how the OHIM Academy plays a role in helping stakeholders throughout the EU.

The Innovaccess IP cost tool, a free-of-charge tool allowing the calculation of the costs related to different IP titles, the patent quiz and the Information Package on IP in Horizon 2020 complete this substantial fourteenth Bulletin issue.

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Intellectual Property in biotechnology

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has released a new fact sheet focusing on the importance of IP for the biotech sector.

Biotechnology is a field where technology advances rapidly but returns on investments may be slow. For this reason, it is important for public research organisations and enterprises to protect the innovation that they generate with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), which provide a basis for return on investment in research and development, by granting monopoly rights for a certain period of time to their owners.

This fact sheet gives a brief overview of:

  • The different forms of Intellectual Property (IP) that can be relevant in biotechnology, focussing more specifically on patents;
  • The role of biotechnology in innovation in Europe; and
  • How to use patent information for innovation indicators.

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Call for expression of interest for setting up of a list of coaches for coaching activities in connection with the SME Instrument

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is a novel funding tool supporting SMEs with the ambition and potential to engage in innovation-driven growth on the European and global markets. Successful beneficiaries of the call will be offered coaching and mentoring support during the first two phases of the SME instrument.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (EASME) of the European Commission has released a call for expressions of interest to set up a list of external experts, called "business coach(es)"

The coaching support will focus on developing organisational capabilities to equip the beneficiaries with the necessary skills to ensure commercial growth based on the company’s SME Instrument project. Participation in the coaching support offered is voluntary for SME Instrument participants.  The role of the business coaches is therefore to provide business coaching and leadership development support to companies.

For more information and to submit expressions of interest, please click here.

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WIPO guides in your language

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) publishes many useful guides on intellectual property for SMEs and researchers. Some guides have been nationally customized and are available in the languages of several EU Member States.

Check if the guides have been tailored to your country here.

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Using intellectual property to raise finance for innovation

Intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, designs and trade marks among others, can help innovative firms gain access to financing since they can be used as collateral or security for loans.

The World Bank has therefore published a policy brief, which identifies policy options to encourage a greater use of IP assets to channel financing into innovation.

You can read the policy brief here.

For detailed information on how intellectual property assets can be used for financial advantages, please consult our fact sheet on this topic. You can read it here.

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Raise awareness on IP in the biotech sector

“Biotechnology in Europe: The Tax, Finance and Regulatory Framework and Global Policy Comparison” is a joint report by Ernst & Young and EuropaBio. The reports examines what the continent has to offer to investors, entrepreneurs and researchers alike. It analyses everything from what to be taken into account when importing materials for clinical trials to the best way to exploit intellectual property within Europe’s various jurisdictions, as well as the key global locations on the increasingly important topic of R&D incentives.

Because jurisdictions influence how, when and why investors in biotechnology decide to enter or exit a business, the report weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of individual countries.

In the event that you are interested in why IP is important for biotech companies, we encourage you to read the two documents below!

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European IPR Helpdesk templates on NDAs and MoUs updated

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has updated its Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)  that can now be used independently of the kind of negotiations that you enter into, both in the context of EU-funded projects and for international partnerships.

In addition to that, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Horizon 2020 has been created. Alongside the one already available for FP7, the new document reflects the few changes brought by the new Horizon 2020 rules.

All these templates can be found and freely downloaded in the European IPR Helpdesk online library, under useful documents.

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IP Marketplace

IP Marketplace is managed by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and is an online display window where you can look for trading partners and other kinds of partnership. IP Marketplace is free of charge for both buyers and sellers.

At IP Marketplace you can put your patents, patent applications, utility models, design and trade marks - so-called IP rights - up for sale or out-licensing. You can also use IP Marketplace when searching for IP rights to buy or in-license, or when you are looking for partners for innovation projects that build on patentable knowledge.

You can access IP Marketplace here.

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WIPO’s guide on secrets of IP for small and medium-sized exporters is now available also in Turkish

Some years ago the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published  a guide on Intellectual Property for small and medium-sized exporters. This guide was available in English, French and Spanish, as you can see here.

Given the relevance of this practical guide, the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ICI), with the support of WIPO, has translated and customised it to Turkish. To read it, click here.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin issue (12)

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 is the first of a series of four to be published this year and will carry on with the same focus as before, tackling concrete aspects of the management and exploitation of intangibles, whether they belong to the assets of research organisations or small businesses.

The beginning of this year has seen the start of Horizon 2020, the new EU research framework programme that will be running for the next seven years. The underlying policy, in accordance with the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives, is about helping organisations to perform better in research, innovation and competitiveness, so as to contribute to wider social objectives such as growth, employment and sustainability. Indeed, the key word for the forthcoming years will be innovation.

The European IPR Helpdesk is enthusiastic about actively participating in the shaping of an innovation-friendly Europe, which will prove fundamental to staying competitive and keeping its place in a fast changing world. It will do so by increasing awareness of the importance of innovating for SMEs and research organisations, and, consequently, of properly managing intangible assets for their optimal valorisation. Undoubtedly, intellectual property is seen as a driving engine for the economic success of Europe in a competitive global economy where knowledge and its use is increasingly the single most important determinant of business success.

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