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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...
After 8 years of good service, the classic PATENTSCOPE search interface will be phased out on 13 October 2011 and all search requests made to the old interface will be redirected to the new...
The European Patent Office (EPO) has published a new version of the "Euro-PCT Guide" updated as at 1 July 2011. This guide is aimed at applicants interested in filing a patent application...
We are pleased to announce that the European IPR Helpdesk has set the dates for the webinars which will take place in October and November.The topics covered by the forthcoming webinars and the...
The Economics and Statistics Division of the World Intellectual Property Organisation has recently issued a publication which aims to provide an overview of Intellectual Property (IP) activity, based...
OHIM is planning to introduce a mediation service, as an alternative to proceeding with an appeal to the Boards of Appeal in trade mark and design cases.The service will be available from the end of...
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published last week its 2011 Scoreboard on science, technology and industry. This publication reviews the trends in those sectors...
In the framework of the European Commission’s new IPR strategy, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed, establishing Key Principles that will allow libraries to digitise and make out of...
Following the Communication "towards an increased contribution from standardisation to innovation”, the European Commission launched a study dedicated to the interaction between...
The EU-China Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR2) completed this month its four-year implementation. The closing ceremonies took place in Beijing and Brussels, where the...
US Patent Reform Act adopted
Thursday, 15.09.2011
On September 8, 2011, the US Senate voted the reform of the US patent system and finally adopted the bill called the ‘Leahy-Smith America Invents Act’, which now goes to President Obama...
Last April, a public consultation was launched inviting all stakeholders to share their opinion on the future of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an autonomous EU body...
On September 12th, the Council of the European Union adopted a directive which extends copyright protection on music recordings, for performers and phonogram producers, from 50 to 70 years. All 27 EU...
Coordinated by the European Commission, this campaign promotes enterprises across Europe in line with the Small Business Act for Europe, which is aimed to all companies having fewer than 250...
The European Commission has contacted the Galway Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Enterprise Europe Network, to investigate the commercialisation of patents in Ireland in the SME sector....
The Hungarian Intellectual Property Office has issued a paper analysing why IP valuation could be a key tool for research institutes and technology transfer offices.  The publication sets out...
The Information Society Technology Advisory Group (ISTAG) has recently issued a report where it reaffirmed the importance of pursuing and strengthening EU investment in ICT research and innovation....
Design as a tool for innovation
Thursday, 01.09.2011
Design is an important part of the innovation process. Research shows that design-driven companies are more innovative than others. It is increasingly considered as a strategic tool for user-driven...
Creative Commons is the non-profit organisation behind a copyright framework and global standard for licensing, which gives everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a...
The Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM) has improved the format of certified copies issued for Community Trade Mark (CTM) and Registered Community Designs (RCD) related...