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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Exploitation channels for public research results

This fact sheet has the aim to present tools, tips and practices for public research organisations (PROs) to convert the knowledge resulting from publicly funded research activities into socio-economic benefits. This can be achieved in different ways, not only through direct commercialisation tools, but also via collaborative or contract research conducted in co-operation with or commissioned by the industry. In so doing, the dissemination and transfer of the generated knowledge to the market would therefore be ensured, with the objective of creating products and services to enhance social welfare.

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E-learning courses on commercialising research in the health sector

Three new free-of-charge e-learning courses designed to teach health researchers how to commercialise their findings have been developed through the EU-funded HEALTH-2-MARKET project. The premise of each course is that science is not just for labs and libraries, but should be commercially exploited for the benefit of industry and the general public.

The courses focuses on three key issues:

  1. entrepreneurship and business planning;
  2. business ventures and marketing; and
  3. intellectual property and ethics.

To get access to these e-learning courses, please click here.

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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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