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The European Parliament and the Council approved the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation concerning the Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy.This body will be managed by the...
Although the first-to-file provisions of section 3 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the recent US patent bill, do not take effect until March 16, 2013, last Friday marked a milestone...
We are pleased to inform you that we are now ready to release a new series of publications concerning case studies. Generally, the case is considered as an instance of real-life context. Our case...
The German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) for the first time in the EU set a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) that will run for an...
2011 saw the highest number of international trademark applications ever filed under the “Madrid System” managed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), with a 6.5 %...
Happy Birthday Helpdesk: New EU IPR Helpdesk team celebrates 1st anniversaryWith more than 2,000 registered users, 600 successfully answered Helpline inquiries, nearly 1,500 registrations for online...
A photo, a film or a poem still covered by copyright, but whose right holder is not identifiable, could soon be made publicly available across the EU, under a draft legislation voted by the Legal...
In the context of the 'EU-China Action Plan on IPR customs enforcement' a seminar took place on 27-28 February 2012 in Cologne (Germany). The subject was the exchange of practices on the...
Since the beginning of the year, PCT applicants can submit a “licensing availability request”, whereby they signal their willingness to license the invention associated to that...
The European Patent Office (EPO) launched yesterday the “Patent Translate”, a new machine translation service that uses Google’s technology.Currently, this tool allows translations...
Consortium Agreements (CA) are usually divided into three main parts that respectively include preliminary clauses, central clauses and final clauses. The objective of this fact sheet is to focus on...
The Innovation Union Communication includes an action aiming at improving the economic exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). According to the Communication, "by the end of 2011, working...
Clean Sky, a research programme resulting from a Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and industry, published a note on frequently asked questions raised by many applicants on...
EUREKA, a major platform for R&D-performing entrepreneurs in Europe, and aiming inter alia at helping to make Europe economically strong and socially sound through the Eurostars Programme, upheld...
Further to Commissioner Karel De Gucht's proposal, the European Commission (EC) is planning to bring the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in front of the Court of Justice of the...
OHIM will maintain a free database holding data on registered intellectual property rights, as well as information per country concerning enforcement authorities, agents and right holders. Some of...
This Handbook aims at providing examiners, formalities officers and applicants with a guide on preferred practices endorsed by both the EPO and user representatives. This should help to increase the...
Although 22 EU countries have recently signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the treaty's ratification is getting problematic throughout the Union as the Polish, Bulgarian and...
The European Commission published last week its roadmap on the proposal for the revision of the Enforcement Directive. This initiative is based on the information gathered from stakeholders in the...
The Japan Patent Office (JPO), and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed an agreement which will provide users of the patent system with better machine translations of patents from Japanese...