Managing confidentiality when starting a business

Before starting the development of commercial activities with the support of external business partners, it is crucial to protect confidential information that can have a significant economic value. Any leakage of such information may cause irrevocable outcomes for businesses, especially during the initial stages of business development.
 
With this case study, you will discover how the Romanian entrepreneur, Monica Talpalaru, benefited from the European IPR Helpdesk services in managing confidential information when setting up her new enterprise.
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EPO Virtual classrooms on "Technology commercialisation"

The European Patent Academy is organising a series of virtual classroom sessions introducing the technology commercialisation.

The lessons are based on ip4inno training modules, specifically designed for companies, business advisors, technology transfer offices and others aiming to utilise intellectual property in their businesses. The programme comprises five sessions in the period of four weeks and the participants only need to register once for all five sessions:

30 May 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
1 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
13 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
15 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
20 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
The registration cost is 100 EUR covering all four one-hour virtual classroom sessions.
The registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be closed once the maximum number of participants (100) is fulfilled.
 
Further information about the training and the registration form are available here.
 

A path through an innovation ecosystem

Being a leader in a market sometimes deters companies from investing in R&D activities as they rely on their current market shares. However, for sustainable success in business, companies should not ignore innovation and they ought to consider intellectual property as a part of their business strategies.
 
Read the story of a Turkish company, Kayseri Seker, to discover how the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador Scheme helps companies to build up an R&D and IPR-based business strategy, leading to creation of an innovation ecosystem.
 
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OHIM’s public consultation on the Strategic Plan 2020

The Strategic Plan 2020, developed by OHIM, provides a roadmap for the vision and strategic goals set by the Office for the next five years. OHIM now launches a public consultation after reflecting the contributions and recommendations raised during the first consultation period of last year.

With this second study, the Office is once again looking forward to gathering feedbacks from wide range of sources including staff, stakeholders and users to understand the full effects of the Regulation amending the EU trade mark.

The consultation will run until Tuesday 15 March 2016.

For more information about the draft Strategic Plan 2020 and to submit your contribution, please click here

 

New European Commission web tool helps SMEs to innovate

The European Commission has launched a new tool making it easier for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to access state-of-the-art technological services across Europe.

This tool allows finding technological service centres active in the field of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that can help SMEs in speeding up the commercialisation of their innovation by providing a broad range of services such as assistance with prototyping, testing, upscaling, first production and product validation.

Further information is available here.

 

OHIM's new workshop programme in Europe

OHIM announced its workshop schedule focusing on the new EU trade mark regulation and on online IP management tools to be organised throughout the first quarter of 2016 in Europe.

The first workshop will be held in Paris in collaboration with the French IP Office (INPI) and the Association of Trade Mark and Design Law Practitioners (APRAM).

Further details concerning the workshops and the roadshow programme is available here.

 

Public consultation on due diligence and supply chain integrity for IP protection

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to analyse the mechanisms for integration of IP into companies' supply chain management and the use of certain monitoring tools and risks assessment procedures by companies.

The results of the consultation will allow for the mapping and the promotion of best practices as well as the elaboration of EU supply chain integrity scheme(s) including a "due diligence toolbox" for IP intensive companies. 

The EU companies, especially SMEs, acting as an IP right holder and/or as a supplier to such a right-holder are invited to participate in the consultation by completing the survey here.

 

Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation

In order to sustain competitiveness in global market within the new world of international alliances and networks, companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

This fact sheet aims to show you how to deal with Intellectual Property (IP) matters in internationalisation process and which main steps should be taken to manage Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), when entering into foreign markets.

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Article on Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) has realised an article on “Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency” written by the former LESI President Kevin Nachtrab.

The article deals with patent licenses from private international law aspect and discusses the two different regimes of cross-border insolvency proceedings under UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and European Council's related Regulation by giving concrete examples.

Please click here to read the full article.