European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (23)

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 23 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been published and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to patents as competitive tools providing exclusive rights that may be crucial also for SMEs to prosper in a challenging, risky and dynamic business climate.

An article from WIPO explains the different routes to patent protection and highlights the value of patents for businesses.

This issue also outlines the point of view of a German SME regarding patents with an interview revealing how it makes use of effective patent strategies based on real experiences.

Our interview with Prof. Dr. Güven Yalçıntaş illustrates the crucial role of IP commercialisation for companies and universities.

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.

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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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Nominate outstanding inventors for the European Inventor Award by 12 October

The 11th annual European Inventor Award, organised by the European Patent Office (EPO) in Lisbon last June, was a wonderful celebration of innovation. This short film summarises the emotion of the trophy ceremony and the purpose of the Award. The 12th edition of the Award will be held in Venice next June.

The fifteen finalists are excellent ambassadors not just for innovation but for the patent system as a whole. In each of their films they explain their inventions as well as the benefits to society and the economy, frequently mentioning the role patents play in their business models. The Award reflects well on the patent system and IP profession as a whole, and particularly on those working with inventors to monetise or enforce their patents.

Therefore we encourage you to consider which of the inventors you know might meet the EPO’s high criteria for developing inventions of great social and/or economic benefit, and which have been granted European patents (at least one still in force). The application procedure is simple and can be made online. With competition fierce (over 400 proposals last year for just 15 places!) we would suggest you submit suggestions before the 12 October deadline.


Two updated training modules from the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) has updated two modules in its e-learning centre on “patentability of computer-implemented inventions” and “biotechnological inventions”.

The new modules have been restructured according to the recent developments in both areas and with respect to the current EPO practices.

With this latest update, the module on “patentability of computer-implemented inventions” covers patentable and non-patentable subject-matter and examination of such inventions together with case law examples.

The module on “biotechnological inventions” focuses on specific patentability criteria of biotechnological inventions.

Please click here to access the EPO’s extensive collection of e-learning modules ranging from patents searching to IP in business.


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