Collective management of copyright: EP and Council strike a deal

On-line music service providers will be able to get licences more easily under a provisional deal struck by the European Parliament and Council negotiators on Monday evening. The new rules are intended to stimulate the creation of EU-wide online music services for consumers and ensure that creators' rights are better protected and their royalties are paid more quickly.

“The Directive will effectively protect the interests of European creators and make it possible for end users to have access to copyright-protected content throughout Europe. This new piece of legislation clearly demonstrates that copyright can be easily adapted to the digital era,” said the rapporteur, Marielle Gallo.

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NaturallyUnlimited Ltd: company understanding of IP

Spending time and a little money to better understand the value of IP is certainly beneficial to any enterprise. This could help them take proper actions to better exploit their intangible on the market and also avoid incurring higher costs arising from badly conceived business plans.

The NaturallyUnlimited Ltd case study is a clear example of the importance for small businesses with limited financial capabilities of having professional support. Take a look at it!

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Banking on IP? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has published a summary of a study concerning banking on Intellectual Property: Banking on IP? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance. This study aims to analyse how effectively small and medium sized-enterprises in the United Kingdom are able to use intangible assets, and particularly Intellectual Property, for financing purposes. Several recommendations are put forward at the end of the summary.

The full report is to be made available shortly and in the meantime you can read the executive summary here.

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IP management for drug discovery expertise in the Baltics

An EU-funded project designed to strengthen multidisciplinary research capacities, and to better manage intellectual property (IP) issues surrounding innovative drug discovery, has been launched.

In particular, this project aims to strengthen the management of IP and human resources for innovative drug discovery at LIOS (Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis). There will be planned training on Horizon 2020 and IP management issues, which will increase the institute's competitiveness. In this way, the project will not only unlock the existing research and innovation capacities of LIOS, it will contribute to research and innovation capacity building in the Baltic region.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (11)

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

This issue is thicker than the previous ones as our Bulletin comes to the end of its third year of publication. We thus decided to give space to more topics matching the interests of all our target groups. The publication starts with an article on Open Access (OA) in FP7 and Horizon 2020. A policy officer from DG Research & Innovation explains the importance and potential benefits of OA for the European Research Area, together with the activities of the European Commission to foster the utilisation of this dissemination tool in EU-funded programmes. The following article sticks with the EU framework programmes and offers an overview on intellectual property (IP) in Horizon 2020, with a focus on comparison with FP7.

Realising the benefits from IP requires its conscious and appropriate management. The article on IP valuation outlines the principal methods in practice. A INTA contribution points out in ten FAQ how SMEs can effectively use the Madrid System. Small businesses are again the target of two IP tools, providing information on how to use their intangibles.

Our close collaboration with Enterprise Europe Network has produced two other pieces. One introduces the publication of IPR Guidelines, created for the Network advisers to guide their clients through the IP process from idea generation to commercial revenue. The second one is an interview with one of the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassadors from Turkey, who shares with us his thoughts on the benefits and opportunities that the scheme offers to him and his clients.

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Make Good Ideas Happen

The University of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise, and Industry & Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, is organising a series of engaging seminars on Intellectual Property and Knowledge Transfer.

To have more information on the different seminars’ topics and to register, please click here.

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Commercialising Intellectual Property: Internal Product Development

“Commercialising IP” is a series of fact sheets aiming to provide an introduction to the forms of commercialisation that can be useful for the less advanced public likely to be involved in exploitation of intangible assets. The content provided therein is not intended to be exhaustive, and professional advice is strongly recommended when it comes to choosing the most suitable commercialisation practice for your organisation and dealing with the complex legal issues surrounding these agreements. However, with these guides we aim to give you some understanding of the basic principles, which can help you save money and time.

This fact sheet deals with internal product development. Whether you develop software, or are in the fashion industry, create and sell furniture or technology devices, you are developing intangible assets. Indeed, nowadays every business has websites, develops its own brands, even non-technological small businesses. Others, such as many start-ups, only have intangible assets. Developing products internally and commercialising them therefore requires the proper management of the intellectual property created by the business and possibly embedded in the product. The purpose of this fact sheet is to give you a handy checklist of the most common tasks required in the management of intellectual property during the different stages of a product’s development cycle.

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Protecting IPR: Customs detain €1 billion worth of fake goods at EU borders in 2012

EU Customs detained almost 40 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2012, according to the European Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.

This year’s report also gives statistics on the type, provenance and transport method of counterfeit products detained at the EU's external borders. Cigarettes accounted for a large number of interceptions (31%), miscellaneous goods (e.g. bottles, lamps, glue, batteries, washing powder) were the next largest category (12%), followed by packaging materials (10%). Postal and courier packages accounted for around 70% of customs interventions in 2012, with 23% of the detentions in postal traffic concerning medicines.

In terms of where the fake goods were coming from, China continued to be the main source. Other countries, however, were the top source for specific product categories, such as Morocco for foodstuffs, Hong Kong for CD/DVDs and other tobacco products (mainly electronic cigarettes and liquid fillings for them), and Bulgaria for packaging materials. Around 90% of all detained cases were either destroyed or a court case was initiated to determine the infringement.

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Publishing v. patenting

Usually, the two main means to bring technical and scientific knowledge to the public are patent applications and journal publications. With the advent of the internet two alternative means are available: the defensive publications and the open access model.
The European IPR Helpdesk has issued a new fact sheet examining the different aspects of these knowledge dissemination tools, also taking into account the different needs and objectives of research organisations/universities (ROs) and small and medium sized enterprises/industry (SMEs). There is not a general rule to apply when choosing the right means of dissemination, but one needs to ensure that the chosen tools are in line with the overall organisation's strategy.

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