How to search for trade marks

We are pleased to announce the fact sheet on trade mark search, published in collaboration with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). EUIPO, as the official trade marks and designs office of the European Union registers the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) and registered Community design (RCD). For further information on EUIPO please click here.

There are many reasons why you may need to perform trade mark searches and should use trade mark databases:

  1. before applying for a new trade mark, since it is essential to make sure that it is free to use;
  2. once a trade mark is registered it is also important to regularly consult trade mark databases in order to check if similar or identical trademarks are being registered;
  3. regardless of any intention to register a trade mark, these databases can also be used as source of business information. In fact, knowing the trade marks filed by a competitor can give you some insight into its commercial strategy.

To know more about trade mark searches and how to perform them, download this newly updated fact sheet!

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Council reached an agreement on Horizon 2020

Last week the Council reached an agreement on a partial general approach concerning the draft regulation laying down the rules for participation in research projects funded under Horizon 2020. This means that the Council has reached an agreement on the essential elements of this regulation, but the European Parliament's opinion is still necessary.

The draft regulation includes the rules on intellectual property rights, use and dissemination.

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Horizon 2020: Reversing the Trend

Increasing industry participation in Horizon 2020 - the new framework programme for research and innovation (2014-2020) - was the topic of the parliamentary dinner debate organised by DIGITALEUROPE at the European Parliament.

Speakers elaborated on the main parameters determining industry participation. These are laid out in the proposed regulation on Rules for Participation: the adequate protection of companies’ intellectual property and the need for appropriate provisions for access to research data and results, as well as provisions regarding joint ownership and the transfer of ownership.

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Resolving potential IPR conflicts within an FP7 project

The present case study brings to your attention the importance of having a sound IP management during FP7 projects, able also to foresee actions aimed at avoiding and resolving potential IPR conflicts arising during and after the project implementation.

This would indeed lead to a successful research project and to an enhanced marketability of the project results.

Just click on the below document to read more about this important issue!

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IP management in FP7 Marie Curie Actions

We are pleased to announce that the European IPR Helpdesk has published a new fact sheet on IP management in Marie Curie Actions.

The scope of this document is to outline the main IP-related issues that participants in Marie Curie Actions should consider in the different stages of their projects. The specific rules of the grant agreement related to IP are explained, as well as the content of other agreements commonly used in Marie Curie Actions. Yet, potential participants in these projects should be aware that Marie Curie Actions follow, with a few exceptions, the main FP7 IP-related rules. Thus, we strongly encourage reading our fact sheets on IP management in FP7 projects before this new one.

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Protecting project results

This case on the Hydrocoat FP7 project focuses on the importance of having the results generated during a research project well protected, mainly when they have a huge commercial impact, in order to reap the full benefits from the R&D activity and to avoid those results being unduly exploited by others.

To have a grasp on how intangibles could be protected have a look to the case in point!

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Interested in learning more about IP? Three brand new educational clips available on our website

Are you looking for basic information on IP, or are you particularly interested in IP issues related to FP7 projects? Three educational clips recently published on our website provide you with useful information based on the European IPR Helpdesk training catalogue.

In case you are new to the world of patent, copyright, etc. the first educational clip might be the right choice. In just 20 minutes it provides you with basic concepts and definitions of IP and IPR.

If you are looking for more detailed information on IP issues related to EU-funded Collaborative Projects feel free to watch the clips titled “IP in FP7 – Part 1 & 2”. Key aspects and general rules with regard to IP during the entire life cycle of an FP7 project as well as the different agreements are explained to you in a concise way.

You will find our clips here.

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New Approach to SME support in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 takes a new approach to stimulating and supporting research and innovation in SMEs. The dedicated SME instrument will put “small companies in the driving seat of European innovation projects”, but its success depends on a SME friendly implementation.

With the purpose of discussing concrete ideas for this implementation, DG Research and Innovation organised a workshop on 23 April 2012. Many stakeholders (e.g. practitioners, SMEs associations, representatives from governmental bodies) have participated in this event. A summary report of the main results of this workshop is now available online here.

For further information, please click here.

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Open access to research results will boost Europe's innovation capacity

Within the broader goal to enable researchers, research institutions and businesses to better move, compete and co-operate across borders and as a complement to the European Commission's Communication to achieve a European Research Area (ERA), the EC itself has presented an initiative to promote access to, and preservation of, scientific information. This aims at promoting open access to research publications from EU-funded projects, as well as from nationally funded research.

Thanks to this new open access policy a broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public-funded research. This will boost Europe's innovation capacity and give citizens quicker access to the benefits of scientific discoveries. In this way, it will give Europe a better return on its annual €87 billion investment in R&D.

As a first step, the Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020. As of 2014, all articles produced with funding from Horizon 2020 will have to be accessible.

The Commission has also recommended that Member States take a similar approach to the results of research funded under their own domestic programmes. The goal is for 60% of European publicly-funded research articles to be available under open access by 2016.

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