IP in Business

Auto-Plas International: IP and business growth

In this new case study Auto-Plas, a UK company with an international reputation in the field of design and manufacture of automotive styling accessories, tells us how strategic management of their intellectual property has contributed to their business growth.

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IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are one of the main investment policy tools of the European Union to support economic and social growth within Europe.

Research and innovation projects funded under ESI Funds entail the creation and use of intellectual assets, which attribute an indispensable role to intellectual property (IP) in the whole project management process.

Our latest fact sheet on IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds underlines the importance of IP in ESI Funds and aims to provide guidance on the IP issues that may arise during the project life cycle.

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TAPOINTEL: Managing innovation in an SME

Every day there are many good ideas and research results that are put aside due to inappropriate innovation strategies.

This case study, based on the direct experience of Tapointel S.L., demonstrates how an SME can succeed in managing innovation and setting up an effective patent application strategy with the support of a European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador.


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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

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 and a new IP commercialisation crossword.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (19)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to industrial designs - industrial design protection, where and how to search registered designs, new design innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020.

Read also our interview with a young Luxembourgish designer and see her vision on Intellectual Property and design protection.  

Trade fairs - our Bulletin features an article giving practical recommendations on how to minimise the risk of infringement when exhibiting new, innovative products and services.

Article of Professor Thomas Gergen explains the advantages and risks in mediation procedures, as possible alternative to solve intellectual property disputes.

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 and a new design crossword.

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EUIPO report: An average company spends 115k EUR annually on IP enforcement

 
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), acting through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has published a report on "private costs of enforcement of IPR", analysing the impact of counterfeiting and piracy by quantifying the costs borne by companies in dealing with IP infringement. 
 
The study is based on a survey of 1,291 companies in 14 EU Member States, which provided a detailed picture of the resources used to detect and combat infringements by both small and large companies. 
 
According to the findings of the study, an average company spends 115,317 EUR per year on enforcement-related activities. Not surprisingly, this amount varies depending on the size of the companies. The report reveals that while for the small companies (having fewer than 50 employees), the average expenditure on IP enforcement is 83,653 EUR per year, for medium-sized companies (with 50-250 employees), the outlay increases to 103,166 EUR. Finally, in the case of large companies, those with more than 250 employees, the IP enforcement costs amount to 159,132 EUR per year. 
 
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EUIPO named as the world’s most innovative IP Office

As a result of the global survey carried out by the Trademark Review magazine, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world among the 40 top IP offices.

The survey results show that the French (INPI) and Singaporean IP Offices (IPOS) share the first runner-up position, while the South Korean IP Office (KIPO) follows them. Finally, the UK IP Office (UKIPO) and the US IP Office (USPTO) complete the top-5 tier.

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Inspiring IP case studies from the United Kingdom

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published three case studies in its blog, revealing how IP plays a crucial role in the daily life of some of the UK's islands.

These inspirational short IP stories cover:

  • Harris Tweed, Britain’s oldest certification mark;  
  • Jersey Royal potatoes, renowned with their unique flavour, which are protected through a Certification Trade Mark and as an EU Protected Designation of Origin;
  • Tristan da Cunha lobster, an exclusive brand for fine dining.

Read the full stories here.

 

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.