TNtech: The ABC of IP strategy for a small R&D company

Transforming the results of R&D into commercially viable products is a business challenge that must be carried out in conformity with a coherent IP strategy. Such a strategy helps save time and resources. Additionally, a sound IP strategy is a key element in avoiding and fighting against infringement and unfair competition practices carried out by competitors. 

In this new case study, TNtech, a Slovakian SME, tells us about the main measures adopted within the framework of its IP strategy and shares some useful advice with us. 

The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and IP is launched

Ideas Powered, an initiative of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), has launched its website on www.ideaspowered.eu, the first EU-wide interactive website on intellectual property for young people.

With animated and clear outlook, the website aims to create primary awareness on IP and IP counterfeiting issues for youngsters by providing them accurate information and by seeking young Europeans' active contribution with social media channels, blogs and even with competitions.

To access the press release of the OHIM on this news, please click here.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office allows online inspection of patent and utility model files

As of January 2014, electronic file inspection of patent and utility model files is possible at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA).

From now on, parts of files can also be inspected online. The documents available for electronic inspection include office actions, decisions, search reports as well as communications relevant to the procedure and other parts of files in PDF format. Entering the file number and clicking on the button "File inspection" in the free-of-charge information service DPMAregister will lead you to the requested information. All granted patents, registered utility models as well as all applications filed that have already been published on or after 21 January 2013 will be available.

For further information, please click here.

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Publishing v. patenting

Usually, the two main means to bring technical and scientific knowledge to the public are patent applications and journal publications. With the advent of the internet two alternative means are available: the defensive publications and the open access model.
 
The European IPR Helpdesk has issued a new fact sheet examining the different aspects of these knowledge dissemination tools, also taking into account the different needs and objectives of research organisations/universities (ROs) and small and medium sized enterprises/industry (SMEs). There is not a general rule to apply when choosing the right means of dissemination, but one needs to ensure that the chosen tools are in line with the overall organisation's strategy.

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EPO adds six new languages to its Patent Translate service

In a move to further improve multilingual access to information contained in patent documents, the European Patent Office (EPO) made another set of European languages available in its free machine translation service Patent Translate. With the addition of Bulgarian, Czech, Icelandic, Romanian, Slovak and Slovenian, the service now offers on-the-fly-translation from and into English for 21 languages. It is accessible on the EPO's free online patent database, Espacenet.

By the end of 2014 Patent Translate is expected to cover all 28 languages of the EPO's 38 member states, plus Russian and the major Asian languages. The service will then constitute the world's most comprehensive multilingual platform for patent information.

To get started with the Patent Translate service, please click here.

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Inventorship, Authorship and Ownership

Many people confuse the concepts of the ownership of intellectual property (IP) and the inventorship or authorship of creations, or sometimes they are simply not aware of their different nature. Yet, it is crucial to understand how to manage these rights as their improper handling could cause real problems, such as the validity of IP rights (IPR) granted or the risks of legal disputes.

This fact sheet aims to clarify the ownership, inventorship and authorship concepts by explaining the different characteristics and shedding some light on the way they should be dealt with in order for any person involved in the creation of intangibles to properly identify them and avoid encountering serious problems.

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Your Europe – a practical guide to doing business in Europe

The Single Market is full of opportunities, in particular to do business in another EU country than your own. It is essential that in this process you are aware of your rights. The website Your Europe can certainly help you get the important information that you need on the Internal Market, as Commissioner Barnier explains here.

On this website, you will also find a webpage dedicated to Intellectual Property Rights, with information concerning the European Union and also each Member State. On Your Europe you will find the main Intellectual Property rules in each country, as well as information on further resources and organizations dealing with Intellectual Property at national level.

On Your Europe you will also find a useful catalogue of available online tools and services for business concerning Intellectual Property Rights.

The information is available in all the languages of the European Union.

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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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WIPO new publication: 2012 IP Facts and Figures

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) has published the 2012 IP Facts and Figures. This publication includes data on patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs and it is focused on application data only. The guide is therefore an important source of information on the global trends of intellectual property activity.

This guide is available online and you may read it in full here.

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Intellectual property course design manual

The Academy of the European Patent Office (EPO) has released a handbook setting up new teaching content to make it easier for university lecturers to introduce intellectual property into various courses of study and educational programmes.

The manual will be of particular interest to those studying business/economics, innovation management and law. The manual consists of twenty-two modules grouped into five core areas, and can be downloaded in electronic format or ordered as a hard copy for free.

For further information please click here, for downloading or ordering here.

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