European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (28)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and research focusing on the crucial role played by IP in the context of research activities and how IP is managed by research institutions.

WIPO introduces us to institutional intellectual property policies and explains how it can assist on this matter.

OpenAIRE talks about open access and the different ways to make research results freely available under this practice while, Dr Dragan Indjin, a COST Action Chair and Grant Holder, shares with us his sucess story and his experience in this field.

Dr Claudia Tapia, from 4iPCouncil, explains how to collaborate in research projects while keeping IP business protected and, the European champion - TECNALIA, a Spanish research and technological development centre, describes to us its experience in IP management in the context of research projects.

Then, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) summarises the initiatives and programmes the FNR provides for research projects.

As a closure to these articles and interviews, Professor Jennifer Littlechild, coordinator of the ERA-net project THERMOGENE, tells us in an interview about her experience in research projects and the importance of IP and IP management for their success.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service. This time, you will also find a short article regarding the Autumn Meeting for the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassadors, as well as our brand-new IP and research multiple choice test and our usual patent quiz.

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WIPO – new webpage on IP Policies for universities and research institutions

The World Intellectual Property Organization has launched a new website on IP Policies for Universities & Research Institutions, together with the IP policies database. With these new resources, WIPO aims to support universities and research institutions in disseminating the knowledge they generate and to have that knowledge used in the economic sector.

Find out more about this new initiative soon with the next European IPR Helpdesk bulletin, which will be published on January 18. 

Acting wisely in collaborative research projects

This new case study tells the story of a cooperation between the Department of General Biophysics at the University of Łódź, Poland and the GRAVITA Fertility Clinic. The case study explains how the two partners developed a collaborative research project with the help of the Enterprise Europe Network and how they managed both their IPRs and IP strategy.

The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?

Tempted?

Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

Tecnalia wins the European Innovation Award

Tecnalia, a technological research and development centre, has received the highest award in the field of European innovation for its development of a failure prediction system for Industry 4.0 patented by NEM Solutions. The European Innovation Award was jointly granted to TECNALIA and NEM Solutions by EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations, for the “Impact Delivered” category which rewards the best technology transfer practice.

Find out more here

Guide: Successful collaboration between companies and research institutes

Luxinnovation, an organisation that contributes to the economic development of Luxembourg by fostering innovation, fuelling international growth and attracting foreign direct investment, has developed a guide, together with:

  • IPIL (Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg)
  • FNR (Luxembourg National Research Fund), and
  • the Luxembourguish Ministry of Economy

on how to succeed with public-private R&D collaboration and what it takes to start that kind of collaboration. The guide focuses on collaborative research and how to find the right R&D partner. It also provides an overview of available funding.

Learn more about this guide and download it, here.

The second call for TECNIOspring PLUS programme is now opened

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) has opened the second call of the TECNIOspring PLUS programme, which will be closed on 14th September 2017.

The programme provides financial support to individual mobility proposals presented by experienced researchers in liaison with any R&D entity around the world. Fellows are offered two-year employment contracts to develop an applied research project with a focus on technology transfer.

More information on the programme and details about the open call can be found at www.tecniospring.eu.

 

New WIPO web pages on IP policies for universities and research institutions

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has enhanced its work to support universities and research institutions in disseminating the knowledge which they generate and created new web pages for IP policies for universities and research institutions.

Users can access a great number of IP policies, manuals and modal agreements from universities and research institutions worldwide in many languages focusing on different IP areas.
 
To access the "WIPO IP Policies for Universities and Research Institutions" web pages, please click here.
 

Article: “WIPO’s Budapest Treaty facilitates biotech patenting”

With the rapid development of genetic engineering and monitoring technologies, studies on microorganisms are now faster and deeper more than ever before.

From the intellectual property perspective, protecting inventions related to microorganisms - especially in international scale - can be trickier because of their characteristics and complex nature.

The WIPO article on biotech patenting focuses on the challenges in patenting in biotechnology and introduces the international mechanism that facilitates biotech patenting: the Budapest Treaty.

Read the full article here.