French Business Angels Week

The French National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) is the partner of the 9th edition of the Business Angels week organised by France Angels this year from November 24 to 28. The aim of this initiative is to foster the Business Angels activity, present their role and their work as business creators.

To check the list of the events and for more information, please click 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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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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Call for expression of interest for setting up of a list of coaches for coaching activities in connection with the SME Instrument

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is a novel funding tool supporting SMEs with the ambition and potential to engage in innovation-driven growth on the European and global markets. Successful beneficiaries of the call will be offered coaching and mentoring support during the first two phases of the SME instrument.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (EASME) of the European Commission has released a call for expressions of interest to set up a list of external experts, called "business coach(es)"

The coaching support will focus on developing organisational capabilities to equip the beneficiaries with the necessary skills to ensure commercial growth based on the company’s SME Instrument project. Participation in the coaching support offered is voluntary for SME Instrument participants.  The role of the business coaches is therefore to provide business coaching and leadership development support to companies.

For more information and to submit expressions of interest, please click here.

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Madrid Yearly Review on International Registrations of Trade Marks

The year 2013 saw the accession of four new countries to the WIPO-administered Madrid System. It is now possible for trademark holders to apply for protection and manage their trademarks globally in 92 jurisdictions through the centralized procedures offered by the Madrid System.

This report gives an account of the data compiled by the WIPO in the processing of international applications and registration for the calendar year 2013.

The full report is available here.

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Low cost branding protection with IP services support

The European Commission has set up specially developed services, provided by Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk, to guarantee that SMEs and researchers can be provided with all the information and suggestions that are useful for managing international businesses and exploitable innovation.

This case study is an example of how the Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk can work together to help the internationalisation of an European SME.

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Innovation and intellectual property: a new research project of ICC

Some months ago the International Chamber of Commerce launched  a research project aiming to contribute to a “better and more concrete understanding of the IP/innovation interface”.

A series of research papers will therefore be published to assist policy-makers and other stakeholders with information on “how IP interacts with decisions, transactions and processes related to technology development and dissemination.

The first research paper was published at the end of last year and dealt with IP management and appropriation by SMEs. The most recent paper, which was released this month, concerns Open Innovation. For a glimpse of this report, you can watch an interview with one of its authors here.

For further information on this project and to read all the research papers already available, please click here.

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European IPR Helpdesk templates on NDAs and MoUs updated

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has updated its Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)  that can now be used independently of the kind of negotiations that you enter into, both in the context of EU-funded projects and for international partnerships.

In addition to that, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Horizon 2020 has been created. Alongside the one already available for FP7, the new document reflects the few changes brought by the new Horizon 2020 rules.

All these templates can be found and freely downloaded in the European IPR Helpdesk online library, under useful documents.

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IP Key’s EU-China Utility Model Systems Questionnaire Exchange

The “IP Key” project is the European Commission’s financial vehicle for the EU-China New Intellectual Property Cooperation, an agreement between the EU and China. IP Key is a three-year project, ending in 2016, implemented by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in partnership with the European Patent Office (EPO). Its aim is to facilitate development of an IP framework in China for EU businesses that is increasingly effective, fair, transparent, and otherwise based upon international best practices.

This activity aims to gather questions from European businesses, government bodies, and other European institutions on the workings of the Chinese utility model system. The purpose of this exchange is: (1) to provide European stakeholders clarity on the workings of China’s utility model system; (2) use this clarity to inform discussions on utility model patent quality; and (3) create an opportunity to let the Chinese government learn more about the utility model systems in Europe, and through this set the foundation for best-practices sharing at the SIPO-IP Key utility model patent seminar to be held in May 2014.

All questions will be collated and combined into one document, with askers’ names remaining anonymous, and sent by IP Key to SIPO (by early April 2014). SIPO’s answers, which IP Key will request to be as detailed as possible, will be returned to those participating in the questionnaire drafting (in late April 2014). Likewise, SIPO is compiling a questionnaire on the workings of the utility model systems in different EU Member States which will be answered and returned to SIPO.

To complete the questionnaire,please click here.  The deadline for submission is 18:00, 26th February.

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IP Marketplace

IP Marketplace is managed by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and is an online display window where you can look for trading partners and other kinds of partnership. IP Marketplace is free of charge for both buyers and sellers.

At IP Marketplace you can put your patents, patent applications, utility models, design and trade marks - so-called IP rights - up for sale or out-licensing. You can also use IP Marketplace when searching for IP rights to buy or in-license, or when you are looking for partners for innovation projects that build on patentable knowledge.

You can access IP Marketplace here.

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