EPO launch of new online filing tool

Continuing to improve the quality of services to its users by establishing a one-stop shop for applicants, the European Patent Office (EPO) has launched a new system for the online filing of patent applications.

"The launch of the new online filing system version 1.8 today constitutes a further significant move on the way to modernising the EPO's IT services as agreed with our member states," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "Following on to the successful launch of the mailbox, the new system supports the overall strategy of the Office to equip the European patent system with the best possible IT environment in order to reduce administrative costs for applicants. It also helps to align the European and PCT procedures under the same tool," he added.

Accessible through a browser interface, the new online filing system is web-based and does not require any installations or security updates by the user, which responds directly to a long-standing request of patent applicants. It fully supports patent applications filed both under the European Patent Convention and the Patent Cooperation Treaty, also including subsequently filed documents for both procedures.

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Defending and enforcing IP

Starting from an overall understanding of the relevance of IP “from the idea to the market”, the aim of this new fact sheet is to point out that in order to enforce IP rights it is vital that organisations be aware of the intangible assets they own and take steps to protect and properly manage them. In so doing, organisations having IP as an underlying business asset will be less susceptible to IP abuses.

Should an IP right infringement occur it is suggested that alternative mechanisms to resolve disputes are explored and that, only when this is not a viable solution, you enforce your rights through legal proceedings.

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WIPO Pearl launched, a Free Multilingual Terminology Database

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new database providing free access to a wealth of multilingual scientific and technical terminology.

Through its web-based interface, WIPO Pearl promotes accurate and consistent use of terms across different languages, and makes it easier to search and share scientific and technical knowledge.

The database initially includes terms found in applications filed via WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and will eventually include collections from other areas of WIPO, such as trademarks, industrial designs, and terminology found in other treaties administered by WIPO.

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EPO Patent Information News issue 3/2014 is available online

Patent Information News is a quarterly publication that informs European patent information users of new developments in the area. It covers legal status data, bibliographic data, raw data, tips on Espacenet and other services, and much more.

To download this issue and subscribe to receive further editions, please click here.

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ICC IP research paper on trade secrets

The contribution of trade secrets to knowledge diffusion and collaborative innovation is the focus of the latest intellectual property research paper from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

This latest paper aims to inform policymakers about shortcomings in existing frameworks for trade secret protection, which can undermine cross-border collaboration. It comes amid growing awareness among companies of their vulnerability to the theft of confidential business information.

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ICC IP Roadmap 2014

This International Chamber of Commerce’s flagship intellectual property (IP) publication provides businesses and policymakers with a comprehensive and concise overview of key intellectual property policy issues today.

The new edition is an invaluable tool to bring stakeholders up to date on issues and includes several new topics, including IP management and licensing, patent quality, harmonisation and streamlining of trademark rules, trademark restrictions on packaging, non-traditional marks and innovation.

The roadmap has been restructured to better reflect the way businesses consider IP as an asset that can be used to create value for their companies, for consumers and for society as a whole. It has also undergone extensive updates in the introductory chapter and the sections on trademarks, trade secrets, domain names, enforcement on the Internet, litigating IP rights, counterfeiting, sustainable economic development and climate change.

The IP roadmap is freely downloadable here.

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Intellectual Property considerations for business websites

A growing number of European SMEs are going online, by launching and maintaining business websites, often even providing their clients with the possibility to buy products online. As a central company asset, websites should be protected and well managed. Intellectual property is in this regard crucial, since there will be a number of intellectual property rights which exist in your website.

This fact sheet aims to guide you through the most important steps which you should take to protect the website that you intend to launch or have already launched, and avoid the risks of infringing the rights of others.

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Confidentiality considerations during project preparation

To enable more efficient administration in setting up a Horizon 2020 proposal, a consortium has agreed to make use of cloud server software, where all partners could easily keep in contact with each other and share information.

However, one of the SMEs involved in these negotiations was concerned about the disclosure of information to the partners through the cloud without any prior agreement between the partners. At the same time, however, the period for the preparation of the proposal was of six months duration and therefore the SME was concerned about finding an easy and quick solution, to avoid losing time that should be used for the preparation of the proposal.

In this case study you can see how this consortium easily overcame confidentiality concerns and was able to reach an optimal solution for all partners involved.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin issue (14)

This summer issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin firstly presents an easy-to-use map of different free-of-charge initiatives available to assist SMEs with intellectual property related matters. Thinking on the growing relevance of designs in business, the Bulletin features an article on industrial design protection in the EU and the use of its grace period. An interview with a European agro/food biotech company underlines the relevance of IP in the biotechnology sector.

Regarding the research sector, this issue offers an interesting article on the DESCA 2020, a model consortium agreement tailored to be used in Horizon 2020. Two pieces featured by OHIM show the importance of IP enforcement via the outcomes of the first International IP Enforcement Summit and how the OHIM Academy plays a role in helping stakeholders throughout the EU.

The Innovaccess IP cost tool, a free-of-charge tool allowing the calculation of the costs related to different IP titles, the patent quiz and the Information Package on IP in Horizon 2020 complete this substantial fourteenth Bulletin issue.

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Guide to Intellectual Property Rights in Horizon 2020

Aiming to guide you through the expectations and requirements of the European Commission related to IP in Horizon 2020 projects, and to offer hands-on advice and tips on how to put IP management into practice, the European IPR Helpdesk has developed a guide covering the basic facts on central Intellectual Property (IP) aspects in Horizon 2020 project life.

The guide can be freely downloaded here.

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