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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A report on creating markets from research results

Traditionally, public funded research was deemed to be focused on questions of essential scientific interest, the so-called basic research. This was intended to merely disclose new scientific and technological knowledge through publications. In the last two decades this scenario has dramatically changed and the support for the commercialisation of publicly funded research results has grown.

Organised by the European Patent Office (EPO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Technische Universität München (TUM), a conference on creating markets from research brought together last May 300 participants to discuss what more could be done to generate even higher levels of innovation and inspire the creation of more high-growth ventures in Europe.

A report summarising the main points discussed and conclusions reached at the conference was published by the European Patent Office. To read this report in full, please click here. To read a summary of this report published in the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin by Adam Jolly, chief rapporteur of the report, please click here.

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Commercialising Intellectual Property: Knowledge Transfer Tools

“Commercialising IP” is a series of fact sheets published by the European IPR Helpdesk aiming to provide an introduction to various forms of commercialisation which can be useful for less experienced readers who may be involved in the exploitation of intangible assets. The content provided therein is not intended to be exhaustive, and seeking professional advice is strongly recommended when it comes to choosing the most suitable commercialisation practice for your organisation and dealing with the complex legal issues surrounding these agreements. Hence, with these guides we aim to provide you with an understanding of the basic principles, which can help you to save time and money.

This fact sheet deals with knowledge transfer. Knowledge arising from businesses takes many forms. It can be manifested in documents and publications such as books or scientific articles published by the organisation’s employees, as well as within documents underlying intellectual property titles, including patent, utility models and design rights. Knowledge can also be embedded in objects, such as materials or machinery. In the beginning however, knowledge is the know-how of the employees and collaborators, which they have acquired through training, study or experience.

These different forms of knowledge can be exchanged with other organisations, leading to improved use of knowledge and creation of innovation. In fact, innovation is nowadays mainly based on the interactions between businesses, as well as between them and research organisations. These relationships and transfers of knowledge allow businesses to exploit their own knowledge with the purpose of improving and creating new technologies, products and services, allowing the business to grow. These knowledge transfers are generally ruled by agreements, which can be complex. This is why this fact sheet aims to provide an overview of the common types of agreements through which they are achieved. Moreover, the most important matters to consider in these agreements are highlighted, helping you to protect your intangibles.

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