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Following Europe 2020's flagship Communication on an Integrated Industrial Policy, the reviewed Small Business Act for Europe and the recent EU trade policy communication, the European Commission...
The Court of Justice, in a recent judgment, has clarified the concept of “informed user” under the Community Design Regulation.According to the Court, “that concept must be...
OHIM Universities Network
Tuesday, 08.11.2011
The OHIM Universities Network was set up in 2008 in order to promote a better knowledge of Community trademarks (CTM) and designs (CD) at European universities. A total of 22 universities...
The Finnish patent office has stated that, together with applications in Finnish and Swedish, as from 1 November 2011 it will accept patent applications filled in the English language, since the...
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recently issued an opinion on its own initiative whereby it calls for the harmonisation of Member States' legislation on five points that it...
The UK Intellectual Property Office released in contribution with other partners a guide aiming at giving advice and information to universities to help them understand how they can best use their...
The Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network (oriGIn) recently gathered in Guadalajara for its 5th General Assembly and adopted a comprehensive strategy to promote...
The European Commission (EC) has released a “recommendation on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation”, whereby, among other issues, it...
On October 23, the European Council released a document in which it stressed the necessity to achieve an agreement by 2012, on the twelve priority proposals made by the European Commission within the...
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have launched a dedicated website for the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) initiative. The CPC joint...
Last week, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched the European Technology Transfer Office (TTO) Circle, a network of technology transfer offices of the largest public research organisations in...
The Court of Justice of the European Union has published an important decision on the patentability of the human embryo. In particular, the question to answer was whether the exclusion from...
The first results of the new “Proof of Concept” funding initiative have been announced by the European Research Council (ERC). As explained by ERC President Professor Helga Nowotny,...
Under existing practice, once applicants file a request for an IPE, they get a written opinion from the EPO attached to the International Search Report. They can thus respond to the first report...
The WIPO Manga Competition
Tuesday, 18.10.2011
During the summer of 2010, the WIPO organized the Real Manga Competition co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). Such a competition asked...
In a speech given in front of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, the president of the European Patent Office (EPO), Mr Benoît Battistelli reaffirmed that the objective of a...
‘Having fast, accessible design protection is very important for small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs), Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) president Antonio Campinos...
The Council of the European Union published a proposal from the Presidency with changes to the draft agreement on a Unified Patent Court. This working document will be discussed at the technical...
The Innovation Union initiative has celebrated its first anniversary last week. It is therefore time to remember what has been achieved so far in terms of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).(i) The...
On Saturday, September 30, ACTA was signed in Tokyo by U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, and Singapore.  The EU countries, Mexico and Switzerland have not signed it...