European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

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

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

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 IP commercialisation crossword.

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OHIM's new workshop programme in Europe

OHIM announced its workshop schedule focusing on the new EU trade mark regulation and on online IP management tools to be organised throughout the first quarter of 2016 in Europe.

The first workshop will be held in Paris in collaboration with the French IP Office (INPI) and the Association of Trade Mark and Design Law Practitioners (APRAM).

Further details concerning the workshops and the roadshow programme is available here.


Presentation videos on the new EU trade mark Regulation

OHIM released videos of the presentation given by Dimitris Botis, the Deputy Director of the International Relations and Legal Affairs Department, on the forthcoming changes introduced by the EU trade mark Regulation.

The presentation covers different aspects of the trade mark reform process in nine chapters:

  • The background to the new Regulation
  • Formalities and examination procedures
  • Absolute grounds for refusal
  • Goods and services
  • Relative grounds for refusal
  • Appeals
  • Fees
  • Changes requiring secondary legislation
  • Substantive changes and the new terminology

The video sessions are accessible here.


Welcoming the “European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)” and the “European Union trade mark”

Following to the publication of the EU Regulation No. 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) will be called as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Community trade mark will be renamed as the European Union trade mark as of 23 March 2016.

The Amending Regulation is part of the EU trade mark reform legislative package comprising a new EU Trade Mark Directive and a series of amendments to the EU Trade Mark Regulation, which sets out the rules applicable to EU trade marks and to the Office.

Additional information along with the text of the Regulation is available here.


The latest TMview participants: ARIPO and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina (IIP-BIH) have made their trade mark data available to the TMview search tool as of 07 December 2015.

Together with the Bosnian involvement and ARIPO’s 19 member countries: Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the number of participating offices to TMview reaches 53, providing access to more than 34,6 million trade marks in total.

The integrations of ARIPO and Bosnia and Herzegovina are concrete results of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners.

To access TMview, please click here.


TMview welcomes Japan

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) declared its accession to the TMview search tool as of 23 November 2015, as a result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with international partners.

Coming after the USA, Japan now covers the second largest data set in TMview with the collection of more than 3,6 million trade marks, bringing the total accessible trade marks in TMview and ASEAN TMview to more than 34,5 million in total.

TMview and ASEAN TMview provide opportunities for users to conduct free on-line trade mark availability searches in 51 participating offices from a central database available in at least one official language of each integrated office.


Switzerland becomes the 42nd participant to TMview

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property has declared its accession to the TMview search tool as of 26 October 2015, as a result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with international partners.

With the participation of Switzerland, the total number of trade marks in the database rises approximately to 28 million and the number of offices participating to TMview becomes 42.

Find out more about TMview here.


Gambia: The latest member of the Madrid Protocol

The Republic of Gambia becomes the 96th member of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (known as the Madrid Protocol).

The applicants can designate the Republic of the Gambia as from 18 December 2015 in their international trade mark applications filed via the Madrid System, which allows obtaining trade mark protection in the member states by filing one single application in one language and by paying one set of fees.

Please click here for more information.


WIPO Intellectual Property Advantage database

The World Intellectual Property Organization IP Advantage database contains a wide range of case studies giving real examples on intellectual property protection (patents, trade marks, and industrial designs), management and exploitation. The database is an extensive source of information and best practices for Small and Medium-sized enterprises dealing with IP.  

You can access the database here.


OHIM's report on the economic cost of IPR infringement in sports equipment sector

A new study of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), shows that the sales lost due to counterfeiting of sports equipment – not including sportswear – correspond to 6.5% of all sales in this sector across the 28 EU 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.