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IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are one of the main investment policy tools of the European Union to support economic and social growth within Europe.

Research and innovation projects funded under ESI Funds entail the creation and use of intellectual assets, which attribute an indispensable role to intellectual property (IP) in the whole project management process.

Our latest fact sheet on IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds underlines the importance of IP in ESI Funds and aims to provide guidance on the IP issues that may arise during the project life cycle.

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Transferring projects results to a new entity

“Nemo dat quod non habet” – “no one gives what he doesn't have”.

APEx was a CIP-ICT-PSP project under which national archival institutions from 33 European countries and the International Centre for Archival Research have released a new version of the Internet portal for documents and archives in Europe.The APEx consortium partners decided to transfer the results developed to a new entity – the Archives Portal Europe Foundation (APEF). A number of questions needed clarification and a common understanding among partners before the transfer occurs – the identification of the results and their respective owners.

This case study is an example of exploitation of project outcomes through the creation of a new legal entity.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new IP commercialisation crossword.

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Technology Licensing-in

Successful industries survive on continuous innovation, bringing to the market new products and services by developing or acquiring cutting-edge technology. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

This fact sheet analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing-in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

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Brexit preparedness

The European Council (Art. 50) has called on the European Comission (EC), the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Member States to continue the work on preparedness at all levels for the consequences of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, taking into account all possible outcomes.

The notices of the Commission services on the legal and practical implications of the withdrawal published on the EC's website respond to this request. They aim at preparing citizens and stakeholders for the withdrawal and set out the consequences in a range of policy areas.

EU decentralised agencies have published information in relation to the UK's withdrawal from the EU, for example the Community Plant Variety Office or the European Union Intellectual Property Office, in the field of IP.

Furthermore, the three European Supervisory Authorities and the Single Supervisory Mechanism have issued opinions and guidance.

Full information on the Article 50 negotiations can be found here.

Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

EUIPO has prepared a Questions and Answers (Q&A) document on EU trade marks and registered Community designs for information purposes.

The document is in line with the revised version of the European Commission's Notice on a potential "no Brexit agreement" released on 22 January 2018.

The contents of both the Notice and Q&A are in no way prejudicial to any settlement or arrangement that may be agreed between the negotiating parties and can be accessed on EUIPO's website, here.

Acting wisely in collaborative research projects

This new case study tells the story of a cooperation between the Department of General Biophysics at the University of Łódź, Poland and the GRAVITA Fertility Clinic. The case study explains how the two partners developed a collaborative research project with the help of the Enterprise Europe Network and how they managed both their IPRs and IP strategy.

Notice on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

The Notice has been prepared by the European Commission and countersigned by EUIPO. It addresses holders of and applicants for European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs in the context of the notification of the intention of the UK to withdraw from the European Union, submitted on 29 March 2017.

In the event that no agreement is reached by the negotiating parties:

  • registered EUTMs and RCDs as well as URCDs made available to the public before the withdrawal date will no longer have effect in the UK as from the withdrawal date,
  • any pending application for EUTM or RCD will no longer cover the UK as of the withdrawal date,
  • EUTMs and RCDs granted on or after the withdrawal date will no longer cover the UK, and
  • all existing seniority claims in EUTMs based on UK TMs will no longer have effect in the EU as of the withdrawal date.

Find further information and consult the Notice on EUIPO's website, here.

The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?

Tempted?

Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

Guide: Successful collaboration between companies and research institutes

Luxinnovation, an organisation that contributes to the economic development of Luxembourg by fostering innovation, fuelling international growth and attracting foreign direct investment, has developed a guide, together with:

  • IPIL (Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg)
  • FNR (Luxembourg National Research Fund), and
  • the Luxembourguish Ministry of Economy

on how to succeed with public-private R&D collaboration and what it takes to start that kind of collaboration. The guide focuses on collaborative research and how to find the right R&D partner. It also provides an overview of available funding.

Learn more about this guide and download it, here.