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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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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.

EPO training events - Guidelines2day and Article 84 EPC

The European Patent Office (EPO) with the support of the epi (Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO) is organising a series of training events designed for patent attorneys and IP professionals around Europe.

The events will cover:

  • the impact of the amendments in the new Guidelines for Examination, with the focus on how to optimise patent prosecution before the EPO;
  • procedural changes which are not covered by the Guidelines but which are nevertheless relevant to professional representatives;
  • how the EPO evaluates whether the claims comply with the requirements of art. 84 EPC.

The speakers will provide sound practical advice using general examples which do not require specific technical knowledge.

The fee for registration for each event is 320 EUR covering the participation, material and catering.

Register for the next seminars in Berlin (on the 5th of April)  or in Oslo (on the 7th  of April) by the 13th of March.

 

EPO website's new “Searching for patents” area

The European Patent Office (EPO) has just updated the "Searching for patents" area of its website.

The changes introduce a new structure to the area, grouping products according to their primary use and providing technical, legal or business information.

The fourth section, called "Helpful resources", provides supporting materials such as:

  • basic explanations and links for less experienced searchers;
  • support for using Asian patent information;
  • information on events, training, publications; and
  • a list of patent information centres that can offer support locally.

The “Searching for patents” area of the EPO website is accessible here.

 

Article: “WIPO’s Budapest Treaty facilitates biotech patenting”

With the rapid development of genetic engineering and monitoring technologies, studies on microorganisms are now faster and deeper more than ever before.

From the intellectual property perspective, protecting inventions related to microorganisms - especially in international scale - can be trickier because of their characteristics and complex nature.

The WIPO article on biotech patenting focuses on the challenges in patenting in biotechnology and introduces the international mechanism that facilitates biotech patenting: the Budapest Treaty.

Read the full article here.

 

"Filing strategies, enforcement and clearing the path in a Unitary Patent world"

In their article on Managing Intellectual Property magazine, the patent practitioners Thomas Prock and Michael Moore are discussing the upcoming unitary patent protection system and practical conclusions on its future implementation.

“The fragmented nature of the current European patent system runs contrary to the EU ideal of a unified market and has provided the political momentum behind the multi-national Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) system.”

Please click here to read the full article.