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TAPOINTEL: Managing innovation in an SME

Every day there are many good ideas and research results that are put aside due to inappropriate innovation strategies.

This case study, based on the direct experience of Tapointel S.L., demonstrates how an SME can succeed in managing innovation and setting up an effective patent application strategy with the support of a European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador.


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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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Technology Licensing-in

Successful industries survive on continuous innovation, bringing to the market new products and services by developing or acquiring cutting-edge technology. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

This fact sheet analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing-in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

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European Inventor Award 2017

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2017 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds.

People from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public, are all welcome to nominate an inventor for the European Inventor Award.

The deadline for submissions is 12 October 2016.

Further information is available here.

 

Exceptional inventors have received European Inventor Award 2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) has presented the European Inventor Award 2016, a cerimony awarding each year outstanding inventors from Europe and around the world, who have made an exceptional contribution to social development, technological progress and economic growth.

Disocever who won by clicking here.

 

European Patent Office survey report on patent filings

Annually, the European Patent Office (EPO) launches a survey for medium term estimation of patent filing figures, not only for forecasting the number of applications but also to uncover the processes that lead to a patent application and to collect information about the economic trends.

The recently announced 2015 survey report reveals that nearly 300,000 patent filings are expected at the EPO in 2016, although a slight decrease in 2017 is expected. Another interesting estimation drawn by the survey was that 56% of EPO applicants are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The 2016 survey takes place from May to September 2016.

Read the full report on the 2015 survey here

 

How to get a European Patent - Guide for Applicants

The European Patent Office (EPO) has just published the updated 16th edition of “How to get a European Patent – Guide for Applicants”.

The "Guide for applicants" has been designed to provide inventors, companies and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in applying for a European patent, offering practical advice to smooth the way through the various stages.

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

 

EPO reveals the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced 15 pioneering finalists for this year’s European Inventor Award.

In its 11th edition, EPO once again honours scientists, researchers and engineers who contributed to the world’s technological progress, social development and economic growth with their patented inventions. The awards are given in the five following categories, where three finalists in each have been revealed:

  • Industry
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Research
  • Non-European countries
  • Lifetime achievement

    In addition to the winners in each category, the public will also select the winner of the Popular Prize by online voting in the run-up to the ceremony.

    The EPO European Inventor Award 2016 ceremony will be held on June 9th in Lisbon, Portugal with the participation of prominent representatives from politics, business, science and industry.

    For more information about the awards and this year's finalists, check EPO's dedicated pages on the European Inventor Awards here.

     

    Highlights from the EPO’s Annual Report 2015

    The European Patent Office (EPO) released its Annual Report for 2015 in last week’s press conference in Brussels. The results show that in 2015, there has been a rise in both European Patent filings (+1.6%) and applications (+4.8%) compared to 2014, confirming a trend of positive growth that has been witnessed for the sixth year in a row.
     
    Following the 38 EPO member states (35% of all applications), the USA remains the largest filer, accounting for 24% of all European filings, before Japan with 18% share. Among EPO member states, Germany takes the lead with 11%.
     
    For the full coverage of the EPO 2015 Annual Report, please click here.
     

    Intellectual Property made easy

    The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has recently created a new series of IP-based animations which aim to explain the different IP rights and how they can benefit business.

    If you want to acquire basic information on Intellectual Property, this suite of 12 short animations is the perfect place for you to start.

    The animations are available at the following link.