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On February 2011, the European Commission published a Green Paper to launch the public discussion on the future EU research and innovation funding programmes. In this document, the European...
The European Union and Moldova have reached an agreement on the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs). According to EU Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, ”...
Nanotechnology has an enormous industrial potential and many investments have been made in R&D in this field. There are therefore several platforms that are aimed at supporting the researchers...
The ministers of EU Member States responsible for the research area have met on April 12 in Budapest. The meeting started with the evaluation of the experience under the Seventh Framework Programme (...
DESCA (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement) is one of the models of consortium agreements for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) that participants may use as a reference.Following...
Last week, the European Commission put forward proposals with provisions for carrying out a unitary patent system in the 25 EU Member States that have joined the enhanced cooperation. With this new...
Espacenet has a new look
Thursday, 14.04.2011
With the new version 5 of Espacenet, this search service of the European Patent Office (EPO) has gained a renovated appearance. New features and functions, such as the possibility to use RSS feeds...
At the end of 2010, a Group of Independent Experts has carried out an Interim Evaluation of the Eurostars Joint Programme and published a final report with its conclusions on the first years of...
Chemistry & IP Workshops
Thursday, 14.04.2011
The United Nations has designated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) with the theme: "Chemistry - our life, our future". During the IYC 2011, people around the globe will...
EPO survey on patent filings
Tuesday, 12.04.2011
Once a year the European Patent Office (EPO) carries out a survey among its applicants, to estimate the number of patent applications that they envisage to file in the future. This year the survey is...
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has reported the international design filing trends for last year. According to this organization, the European Union was the member most...
On April 26th, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day. With the aim to raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property in...
The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced the signature of an agreement with Google concerning a translation technology. With this partnership, the EPO will, by the end of 2014, offer on its...
For many years the European Commission and the European Union (EU) Members have discussed the possibility of providing a unified system of patents in the EU. The languages in which this patent title...
Last month, several national and international patent offices have reported different types of scams involving patent and trademark applicants. Even though this is not a new problem, applicants...
Encouraged by the European Commission, stakeholders have discussed and exchanged ideas related to the illegal up- and downloading of works protected by copyright during the last year. A summary...
The European Patent Academy, the EPO’s body responsible for its external education and training activities, announced four new workshops that will be held during the upcoming months in Vienna,...
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has recently set up a new service called eSearch plus. With this new tool you have the possibility to do an advanced search for Community...
As from the 1st of April, the European Patent Office (EPO) acting as International Searching Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) may contact applicants for informal clarification....
The European Research Council (ERC) launched a new funding initiative under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): the ‘Proof of Concept’. Under this initiative, ERC grantees may now also...