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Design protection is sometimes undervalued, and comes after patent and trade mark rights for businesses when it comes to IP protection. However, design is a crucial element in identifying a company’s innovative brilliance to its clients, and protection of design rights is generally a very straightforward process.

In this Case Study, a Finnish SME shows us the importance of taking concrete steps for design protection to increase the company’s value, and how it deters potential free riders from infringing on their products.

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In this new case study Auto-Plas, a UK company with an international reputation in the field of design and manufacture of automotive styling accessories, tells us how strategic management of their intellectual property has contributed to their business growth.

Starting a business where you can add your personal touch can be a very creative and rewarding experience. However, apart from being creative, one needs to be careful not to infringe others' intellectual property rights when choosing a trade name or a trade mark to identify oneself in the market.

For "A taste of Vienna", a Maltese bakery, obtaining legal advice before selecting its trade mark made its business experience even sweeter. We tell you everything in this new case study. 

In the new world of international alliances and networks, in order to sustain competitiveness in the global market companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

If a company wants to enter new foreign markets, its business and intellectual property (IP) strategy should be shaped in a flexible way, allowing adaptation to new business and competition environments.

The business opportunities offered by the Internet and IT in general are immense. Some of the most successful computer and internet-based businesses started with simple ideas and very low economic investment thanks to the possibilities offered by free and open source software.

This is exactly how it started for Cloud Number Nine, whose business story is explained in this new case study. With a simple and yet innovative idea, the founders of Cloud Number Nine have created a profitable business and changed the lives of many internet music service users.

Like most unique food and wine products whose quality and reputation are strictly linked to their geographical origin, Lambrusco, maybe the most famous sparkling red wine in the world, is protected at European Union level by several geographical indications.

Geographical indications (GIs) are valuable intangible assets and their protection and enforcement constitute a crucial step to retain the related competitive advantage.

Sometimes, it is not always very easy to put inventions into practice, albeit the invention itself is highly valuable, as it might be challenging to exploit the IP assets without receiving any guidance on taking the initial steps for commercialisation.

In this inspirational case study, you will witness how a Turkish entrepreneur/academician was supported, when he needed assistance in the exploitation of his invention, and how this story led to the creation of a successful start-up for commercialisation of the world’s first patented voice therapy device.

The use of copyrighted works, in particular text and image-based works, is intensive and pervasive in most companies. In this regard, the combination of low copyright awareness with fast and easy ways to access and share information has created one of the most important challenges facing companies today — copyright risk management.

This case study, based on the direct experience of a software company, illustrates how to avoid pitfalls in copyright management.

Before starting the development of commercial activities with the support of external business partners, it is crucial to protect confidential information that can have a significant economic value. Any leakage of such information may cause irrevocable outcomes for businesses, especially during the initial stages of business development.
 
With this case study, you will discover how the Romanian entrepreneur, Monica Talpalaru, benefited from the European IPR Helpdesk services in managing confidential information when setting up her new enterprise.
Being a leader in a market sometimes deters companies from investing in R&D activities as they rely on their current market shares. However, for sustainable success in business, companies should not ignore innovation and they ought to consider intellectual property as a part of their business strategies.
 

“Nemo dat quod non habet” – “no one gives what he doesn't have”.

APEx was a CIP-ICT-PSP project under which national archival institutions from 33 European countries and the International Centre for Archival Research have released a new version of the Internet portal for documents and archives in Europe.The APEx consortium partners decided to transfer the results developed to a new entity – the Archives Portal Europe Foundation (APEF). A number of questions needed clarification and a common understanding among partners before the transfer occurs – the identification of the results and their respective owners.

This case study is an example of exploitation of project outcomes through the creation of a new legal entity.