European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (17)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

In this issue we start by providing you with some new important aspects under Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.            

This Bulletin then brings you useful information related to counterfeiting and IP enforcement in Europe, including the advantages of the IP customs action as an effective tool against counterfeiting and Effective Dispute Resolution, a tool guiding the parties of a proceeding before the OHIM’s Board of Appeals in the resolution of their disputes.

You will also discover the importance of developing an IP protection strategy at the earlier stage of the conception of business models, as well as the functioning of WIPO Translate, a useful tool developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

As always, we also bring you a little patent quiz and information about training and events. In addition, this issue also has some fresh news on the Helpline service.

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IP management in Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Intellectual property (IP) management is a very important part of any successful project within the Horizon 2020 framework programme. Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSC) Actions are not an exception and participants should take the time to understand the IP rules and establish an effective and tailored plan for the protection and exploitation of research results and intellectual property (IP) arising within their projects.
The aim of this fact sheet is to outline the main IP-related issues that participants in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions should consider in the different stages of their projects.

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Intellectual property management in open innovation

During recent decades, the R&D field has witnessed a rise in technological complexity. This entails the presence of a pool of intellectual property (IP) rights within the most advanced products and services. Also considering that the number of patent filings increases steadily, companies therefore have to rely on third party IP rights to innovate.
 
A natural outcome of this multi-invention background is the need for companies to cooperate with other research and technology development performers (RTDs) in order to produce innovative solutions.
 
This fact sheet aims to highlight the importance of the open innovation model as an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as for research and technology organisations (RTOs), and to highlight the issues to be taken into account for a proper management of IP when innovating through open approaches.
 
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Intellectual property and business plans

A business plan is a strategic document providing details on how a given innovation is going to be commercialised and brought to the market by an existing company or a newly created venture.

Since the scope of the business plan is to describe not only the business logic behind the commercialisation plans, but also the assets and resources that will make the business successful, the definition of a strong intellectual property (IP) protection and management policy and the business planning exercise are strongly interconnected.

First of all, the IP owned by or accessible to the company owners will strongly influence the business model chosen for operating on the market. Secondly, the business plan will typically refer to intellectual property (IP) and intellectual property rights (IPR)-protected elements to describe the company's unique specificities and the assets and resources that can be called upon for establishing win-win collaborations with clients, partners and investors. Finally, the comparison of those assets with the IPR owned or likely to be acquired by both clients and competitors are to be considered key indicators of the commercial viability of the business and should influence its strategic positioning inside the broader ecosystem.

IP should therefore be taken into consideration both when drafting the global strategy that will be described in the business plan and when actually writing the document itself.

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China to boost IPR protection

The Chinese government on Wednesday vowed to boost intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in upgrading the country's economy.

IPR protection is key for a country's development and competition and China will work to forge a better legal, market and cultural environment for IPR protection, said a statement issued after an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

For businesses wishing to enter the Chinese market, the China IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to China, through the provision of free information and services.

More information about the China IPR SME Helpdesk services is available here.

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French Business Angels Week

The French National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) is the partner of the 9th edition of the Business Angels week organised by France Angels this year from November 24 to 28. The aim of this initiative is to foster the Business Angels activity, present their role and their work as business creators.

To check the list of the events and for more information, please click here.

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IP leverage for biotechnical innovations

Biotechnology is a field where technology advances rapidly. For this reason, it is vital for any company operating in this sector to protect the innovations that they generate with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

In this case study you can see the example of Keygene, an SME that has been able to reap the entire benefit from their intellectual property capital by setting an IP strategy from the outset in line with their core business and put it into operational phases via proper IP management.

Thanks to this IP awareness and the implementation and constant revision of the company’s IP strategy, Keygene is leading the agro-food biotech sector in the EU market. Furthermore, they succeeded in expanding their B2B activities, supplying their products to seeds companies worldwide.

Tunisia joins TMview

As of 20 October 2014, The Tunisian National Institute for Standardization and Industrial Property (INNORPI) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. The integration of INNORPI is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners. The incorporation of INNORPI also means that the first trade marks in Arabic will be searchable in TMview.

This last extension brings the total number of offices participating in TMview to 36 and with the addition of more than 65,000 Tunisian trade marks, TMview now provides information and access to almost 24.5 million trade marks in total. Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 9 million searches from 214 different countries, with users from Spain, Germany and Italy among the most frequent visitors.

For further information on TMview, please click here.

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The SPB has introduced a new trademarks and designs e-filing system

From the 30th of September 2014, the submission of the trademarks and designs applications and other related documents can be filed through the newly amendment electronic system of the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (SPB). A new system allows filing the applications and sending other documents and communications more easily and faster.

The e-filing system is designed and implemented in collaboration with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). The improvement of the electronic tools will allow easier and more efficient services, consistently contribute to the state’s e-government implementation measures and reduce the likelihood of corruption.

For further information, please click here.

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