Auto-Plas International: IP and business growth

In this new case study Auto-Plas, a UK company with an international reputation in the field of design and manufacture of automotive styling accessories, tells us how strategic management of their intellectual property has contributed to their business growth.

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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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IP and BREXIT: Updates from the UK Government in "no deal" scenario

The government of the UK has recently published a series of technical notices about IP rights in case no deal is agreed in the Brexit negotiations.

These technical notes are aimed at helping businesses and citizens understand what they need to do and allowing them to make informed plans and preparations.

The most recent technical notices on IP were published on 24 September 2018 under these four titles:

  • trade marks and designs if there is no Brexit deal
  • patents if there is no Brexit deal
  • copyright if there is no Brexit deal
  • exhaustion of intellectual property rights if there is no Brexit deal

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The Hague Member Profiles Database

On August 31, 2018 WIPO launched the all-new Hague Member Profiles Database for the Hague system. This e-service offers a portal to the practices and procedures of Hague System members around the world.

Choose from a wide range of data including:

  • Members that do not allow deferment of publication or those that allow it for a limited period
  • All the declarations made by each member
  • Information on each member’s examination procedures
  • Information on opposition procedures or responding to refusals
  • Contact information for each Office

Find further information and access the database, here.

EUIPO report: The Baseline of Trade Secrets Litigation in the EU

On 17 August EUIPO released a report examining the current level of trade secrets litigation, as well as the profiles of the parties involved and the courts dealing with trade secrets matters.

The study itself covers all 28 EU Member States and contains a mapping of the current national legal systems for the protection of trade secrets, competent courts and procedures in place, including remedies against the unlawful acquisition, use or disclosure of trade secrets.

Find further information and the link to the full text of the study, here.

Fortuna Federn/Phoenix: How bitter experience changed a company’s IP approach

Sometimes, bitter experience may result in positive consequences and brings success.

Check our latest case study to learn how facing increasing number of infringements paved the way for a company to restructure its business plans by considering IP, and why developing a sound IP management strategy is of utmost importance especially when doing business based on innovative products.

CEIPI-ICTSD: IP and digital trade in the age of AI and big data

The Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) has published the fifth issue of the CEIPI-ICTSD publications series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the IP System.

This publication series provides high-quality academic and policy-oriented papers dealing with topics that are of global relevance due to their normative pre-eminence, economic relevance and socio-economic impact.

This fifth issue is dedicated to intellectual property and digital trade in the age of artificial intelligence and big data, and is divided into:

  • From digital trade to commercialisation and management of IP.
  • Regulating and using big data in the digital world.

Find further information and download the publication on CEIPI's website here.

How to define and manage background in Horizon 2020

Defining the existing knowledge, i.e. the “background information”, of the partners has a direct effect on the successful exploitation of the results in Horizon 2020 projects.

Being aware of the importance of this issue, we have developed this Fact Sheet to provide information about the management of background information with an accent on "how to define background" within Horizon 2020 projects through different examples.

IP enforcement: asserting your rights

Intellectual property (IP) can be protected by, among others, IP rights or titles, such as trade marks or patents. Such titles are usually thought to confer negative rights, which means the right to exclude others from using or commercialising, for example, an invention protected under a patent.

This process of not allowing others to use or commercialise protected IP is known as enforcement of rights, which can be done through civil, administrative and penal measures aimed at preventing the unauthorised use of intellectual property, sanctioning such use and providing remedies to right holders for the damage caused by such unauthorised use.

This Fact Sheet illustrates the importance of IP enforcement for businesses and research organisations while providing an overview of the main enforcement actions, together with the latest developments and initiatives of the European Commission in the field.