EU IPR Helpdesk webinar on "IP and Software" in November

Interested in learning more about concepts of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and licensing practices in software?  The Helpdesk training team invites you to take part in a webinar on "IP and Software" scheduled to take place on Monday, 4 November 2013, 10.30-11.45 am (Luxembourg, GMT + 1).

As usual, participation in the webinar is free of charge. You will find all the details and the registration form in the webinar description in our event calendar - just click here.

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Patents and standards: an expert interview

Thousands of industry standards affect our daily life, including medical devices or GPS navigation systems. They have sometimes a “tenuous interaction” with patents and therefore it is important to understand standards and their importance, as well as their relation to patents.

The European Patent Office has published an interview touching on this topic with Dr. Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Standards Association (IEEE-SA), one of the world's leading standards-developing organisations (SDOs).

To read this interview, please click here.

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How to reap the benefit of standardisation in R&D

This document, developed in collaboration with CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (the European Committee for Electro-technical Standardization), seeks to improve the mutual awareness and collaboration between standardisation and the research communities. While doing so, this fact sheet focuses on an aspect that is close to researchers' heart: can they participate in and contribute to standardisation without losing the opportunity to exploit their research outcomes through other channels?

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CEN CENELEC Position on Standardisation in Horizon 2020

CEN-CENELEC, the European Committees for Standardisation and for Electrotechnical Standardisation, have published their joint position on Horizon 2020.

CEN and CENELEC are fully committed to supporting the Horizon 2020 programme and helping to tackle barriers to innovation in Europe and consider that standardisation can contribute to all three key priorities of Horizon 2020, i.e. excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges. In the paper they propose a set of concrete steps to integrate standardisation within the framework of Horizon 2020. They then suggest including references to standardisation opportunities in the Horizon 2020 work programmes, and using standardisation to support the transfer of innovation to the market and increase the impact of research projects.

They also propose that the Horizon 2020 programme provide for the possibility for funding arrangements for necessary standardisation activities to be addressed at later stages of a project.

The CEN-CENELEC position paper is available here.

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