Management

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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Trade secrets: An efficient tool for competitiveness

A trade secret is confidential information in the context of business, commerce or trade. Trade secrets often constitute valuable resources to many companies whose assets may, for instance, not be patentable but have a great commercial value and therefore need to be protected.

This fact sheet illustrates the importance of trade secrets for businesses and provides insight into trade secret protection, which could prove beneficial in particular to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

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IP considerations for trade fair organisers

Tackling intellectual property (IP) issues in trade fairs and exhibitions is not only a crucial element for exhibitors. It is also highly important for organisers as the risk of IP infringement in a trade fair/exhibition may affect the credibility of the trade show and might discourage companies from participating in these events. Being aware of this, many organisers are now taking initiatives to ease the fight against IP infringements.

This fact sheet offers some possible measures that can be taken by the trade fair organisers to prevent the infringement of IP rights during trade fairs, and introduces real examples from a number of trade fair organisers and associations.

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On-site Helpline Hours in Brussels in December

European IPR Helpdesk welcomes you to the "Helpline Hours" in Brussels

First-line support on Intellectual Property Management


Once again, we are looking forward to meeting you in our Brussels Office, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your IP issues with our Helpline advisors face-to-face.

We will be happy to provide you free-of-charge, first-line support and information on your IP-specific questions.

The December edition of the Helpline hours will take place on

Wednesday, 7th December 2016 between 14:00 – 17:00

in our Brussels Office at Rue du Trône 98.

Please note that the use of the new Helpline hours in Brussels requires prior online registration. Just fill in the form here and select the most suitable time slot for you.

See you in Brussels soon!

 

 

UK Intellectual Property Office guide on IP and BREXIT

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a guide concerning the future of intellectual property (IP)  rights and the recent Referendum decision on BREXIT.

This brief guide aims to cover the questions raised by the UK rights holders about possible consequences of the Referendum on their IP titles by giving information on trade marks, designs, patents, copyright and enforcement issues and the expected impacts of the Referendum.

Please click here to access the dedicated website.

 

IP Audit: Uncovering the potential of your business

Without any doubt, for today’s businesses one of the very first steps for being successful in the global business arena is to be aware of their intellectual assets. Nevertheless, because of the non-physical nature of these assets, it is sometimes not very easy for companies to identify and utilise them as a tool to reach their objectives.

This time, our brand new fact sheet discusses an invaluable tool to help companies grow in this competitive business world by disclosing their hidden potential: The IP Audit.

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New WIPO web pages on IP policies for universities and research institutions

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has enhanced its work to support universities and research institutions in disseminating the knowledge which they generate and created new web pages for IP policies for universities and research institutions.

Users can access a great number of IP policies, manuals and modal agreements from universities and research institutions worldwide in many languages focusing on different IP areas.
 
To access the "WIPO IP Policies for Universities and Research Institutions" web pages, please click here.
 

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (21)

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 21 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to Women and Intellectual Property. The women presented are remarkable examples of personal and professional enthusiasm, consistent force and creativity, representing the diversity of the intellectual property professional area.

Ms. Kaori Saito, Gender and Diversity Specialist, discusses the past and future gender and IP initiatives of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Ms. Claire Bury, the Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT (European Commission) with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market is giving us an overview on some key statistics and programmes related to women in the innovation sector.

A short article developed by our partners from Enterprise Europe Network introduces the Women Entrepreneurship Sector Group (WEG), an initiative offering tailored support to women entrepreneurs.

Read our interviews to discover the IP professional experiences of three women entrepreneurs and one scientist.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service.

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