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A study published on 14 November 2017 by the EPO finds that the Unitary Patent could significantly enhance technology transfer in the EU through more trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). The...
As of 20 November 2017, the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (INPI) and the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova (AGEPI) have made their trade mark...
A patent that protects technology essential to a standard is called a Standard Essential Patent (SEP). In the world of SEPs, incentivising the development of new technologies while ensuring...
The European Commission has presented measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in...
Joint investigations by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³), the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre and law enforcement authorities...
Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe? What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers? Tempted? Then, tell your...
The European Commission has published a guide to activities related to information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20: Information and...
The European Patent Office (EPO) has published a study which assesses the impact of the European patent system on the circulation of technologies through trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) in...
The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or...
The CIFRA Consortium, whose partners are Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (DE), Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo SA (ES), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (IT) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (...
The Internet has created plenty of opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it has revolutionised the dynamics of international commerce and is an excellent means to boost brand...
The Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT Authority have been amended. These Guidelines give instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in various aspects of the...
DesignClass is the online search tool for harmonised product indications and has been designed to help users find product indications in the Harmonised Database that best match the goods to which a...
A number of amendments to the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol entered into force on November 1, 2017. They aim at assisting IP Offices of Madrid System members and cover a...
On 24 October 2017 the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched a new report regarding intellectual property rights infringement and domain name abuse. Namely, in a two month...
The European Commission has announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European...
As of 16 October 2017, The Patents and Trademarks Office of the Republic of San Marino (USBM) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and Designview search tools. With the...
António Campinos, the current executive director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), has been elected to become the next EPO president. Mr Campinos, who is a Portuguese...
EPO's SME case studies
Tuesday, 24.10.2017
The EPO has produced a series of case studies on European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are leveraging the power of patents and other IP rights to achieve business success. SMEs...
Tecnalia, a technological research and development centre, has received the highest award in the field of European innovation for its development of a failure prediction system for Industry 4.0...