Copyright management and Creative Commons in FP7

The Creative Commons initiative is not incompatible with copyright and on the contrary is based on the existence of copyright protection, since it allows the work to be licensed to others interested in using the material.

Take a look at this new case study to see how the use of Creative Commons licences can be beneficial for dissemination of project results, without undermining legal protection.

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Commercialising Intellectual Property: Franchising

This fact sheet, as a part of the series on “Commercialising IP”, deals with franchising. According to the statistics of the European Franchise Federation, in 2009 the EU-17 Member States had more than 10,000 franchise brands, 10.8% of which represented the share of employment among small and medium sized-enterprises (SMEs). Franchising has been increasingly used by European companies and individuals as a route for exploitation of intangibles and expansion of their business to other territories and countries. This fact sheet will therefore help you understand what franchising is and particularly why it is an attractive business option, whether you are a potential Franchisor or Franchisee. Moreover, you will find in this document information on the legal environment in Europe and a checklist of the main steps to take when establishing a franchising partnership.

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D.A Glass: IP opportunity with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network

This case study tells how an SME can succeed in filing patent applications with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network. Having proper competences and cooperating closely with international network partners, EEN representatives assist in developing the potential and innovative capacity of SMEs. EEN partners facilitate direct contact with university experts and patent agents. Such contacts are helpful in the development of new products which are the subject of patent applications filed by network clients.

Additionally, consulting services related with intellectual property rights, provided by Enterprise Europe Network representatives, contribute to raising awareness of patent protection, trade marks and copyrights. In this particular case, the support in the procedures related with ensuring patent protection for newly developed technological solutions was invaluable for the company, especially in formal and legal aspects.

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IP assets for financial advantages

Besides the research activity, the costs of developing a new technology into a product and then marketing it are generally very high. Moreover, it is common for many small businesses to have little money to commercialise their innovations, for which they usually seek support from national financial schemes.

This fact sheet gives an overview of the different means at the disposal of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and research organisations (ROs) to access finance, in order to obtain liquidity from their intangible. The aim is to show that IP can be used as leverage for attracting investors, as collateral for obtaining credit and loans as well as receivables for securitisations. All of this can derive from banks, equity investors and the public sector.

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Banking on IP?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are fundamental to the economic growth of the EU and their ability to grow is a key determinant of its future economic health.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has recently issued a study which sought to examine how effectively SMEs are able to use intellectual property (IP) assets to secure the finance that they need for company growth.

For further information and to read the study in full, please click here.

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Automatic Patent Analysis

Experts reckon that much of the technical information contained in patents is not available anywhere else, and that it contains around 80% of the worldwide technical knowledge.

However, patent information analysis is not easy: patent documents are abundant, lengthy and are written in very technical language. Thus, reading and analysing patent documents can be complex and time consuming. This is where the use of Automatic Patent Analysis (APA) can help.

This new fact sheet produced by the European IPR Helpdesk provides some useful tools and explains how to perform an APA, in order for researchers and SME to integrate patent information more easily into their activities.

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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.

For further information, please click here.

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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.

For further information on the project, please click here and here.

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