EUIPO report on the economic cost of IPR infringement in the smartphones industry

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, published today the latest sectoral study on the economic impact of IPR infringement in the marketplace. This 11th study is dedicated to findings on the smartphones sector.

The report analysed the number of smartphones sold in 90 countries in every region in the world, based on point-of-sale tracking of consumer purchases. According to the report, it is estimated that 184 million fewer smartphones were sold by the legitimate industry in 2015, due to the presence of counterfeit devices in the marketplace.

The report also estimates that 12.9% of legitimate sales of smartphones were lost in 2015 due to the presence of fake products in the worldwide market – equivalent to EUR 45.3 billion.

Please click here for the full report.

EUIPO's full series of sectoral studies on the economic cost of IPR infringement are available here.


European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (23)

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 23 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been published and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to patents as competitive tools providing exclusive rights that may be crucial also for SMEs to prosper in a challenging, risky and dynamic business climate.

An article from WIPO explains the different routes to patent protection and highlights the value of patents for businesses.

This issue also outlines the point of view of a German SME regarding patents with an interview revealing how it makes use of effective patent strategies based on real experiences.

Our interview with Prof. Dr. Güven Yalçıntaş illustrates the crucial role of IP commercialisation for companies and universities.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Platform wins Global Award

Awardwinning anti-counterfeiting technology: On June 8, the winners of the 18th annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards, sponsored by Managing Intellectual Property and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network, were announced at the Paris Museum of Counterfeiting. The inaugural prize has been awarded to Custodian Solutions for having developed the “most successful new platform for anti-counterfeiting evidence capture, management and enforcement”. This is the first ever award in the technology category.

"Custodian is delighted and honoured to receive this recognition for its work in devising a ground-breaking technology to secure, capture and analyse anti-counterfeiting evidence from acquisition to litigation", said Joel Stobart, CTO of Custodian Solutions.

Check out the complete press release for more details and statistics.


EPO Virtual classrooms on "Technology commercialisation"

The European Patent Academy is organising a series of virtual classroom sessions introducing the technology commercialisation.

The lessons are based on ip4inno training modules, specifically designed for companies, business advisors, technology transfer offices and others aiming to utilise intellectual property in their businesses. The programme comprises five sessions in the period of four weeks and the participants only need to register once for all five sessions:

30 May 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
1 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
13 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
15 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
20 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
The registration cost is 100 EUR covering all four one-hour virtual classroom sessions.
The registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be closed once the maximum number of participants (100) is fulfilled.
Further information about the training and the registration form are available here.

The European IPR Helpdesk launches new online features

The European IPR Helpdesk has started this New Year 2016 with two fresh features on the website: From now on the team will regularly provide users with so-called “IP Specials” that will take a closer look at IP issues in a particular business sector or a European Member State. Those thematic packages may include for instance interviews, case studies or fact sheets. The new series has been kicked off with a special on "IP in the Bio-Sector".

Additionally, the European IPR Helpdesk has opened a new section called “IP and Innovation in the Spotlight” offering articles, interviews, success stories, Helpline cases as well as news from the team and the world of IP in an online magazine way.

Both new formats aim to give users additional access to the broad range of IP-related content that the European IPR Helpdesk team constantly develops.

Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation

In order to sustain competitiveness in global market within the new world of international alliances and networks, companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

This fact sheet aims to show you how to deal with Intellectual Property (IP) matters in internationalisation process and which main steps should be taken to manage Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), when entering into foreign markets.

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Innovation Radar report: Identifying Innovations and Innovators with High Potential in ICT FP7, CIP & H2020 Projects

The European Commission Joint Research Center has published a report on Innovation Radar (IR), a support initiative that focuses on the identification of high-potential innovations in the ICT FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 projects and the key organisation in delivering these innovations to the market. The report provides details of the IR methodology and the results of its first application.

More information and the full report are available here.


European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (16)

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.

An important objective of the former European IPR Helpdesk service was to empower its users to increase their knowledge on Intellectual Property and to develop their capacities to put Intellectual Property into practice. For the next four-year period to come, an important challenge will be to bring the services even closer to the end users and to continue to enhance the number of users reached and the geographical coverage.

Currently several hot topics in the field of Intellectual Property are part of the political agenda in Europe, for example the implementation of the unitary patent in Europe, copyright in the digital age, new legislation about trademark law, and so on. Keeping its users updated about the evolution of these issues and making the changes understandable in order to identify consequent opportunities for researchers and SMEs will be another challenge for the European IPR Helpdesk.

In this first Bulletin issue of the year we have concentrated our efforts on providing you with practical information related to enforcement, IP management and other issues for you to discover.

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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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