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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Final set of translations for our IP Guides and IPR Charts

With the translations of our lately-realised IPR Chart on "Community Plant Variety Protection", and our last IP Guide on "Trade mark and design searches", we have, thus, completed our translation work for this year.

Now, you can find the German (DE), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT) and Polish (PL) versions of all our IP Guides and IPR Charts in our on-line Library.

 

Plant variety protection

Plant breeding is protracted and expensive and the resulting plant varieties can be easily and quickly reproduced by others by means of simple multiplication of plant material. Therefore, in order to reap the benefits of their scientific efforts and the related economic investment, plant breeders can opt for IP protection on their products.

This Fact Sheet aims at illustrating the importance of plant variety protection by providing an overview of the plant variety right system and focusing on the protection at EU level.

 

INTA unveils its new podcast focusing on Innovation and IP

The International Trademark Association (INTA) recently unveiled Brand & New, a “first-of-its-kind” podcast produced by INTA which focuses on the impact of innovation on intellectual property (IP) and other aspects of business.

Every two weeks, on Tuesday, Brand & New gives the floor to inspiring and influential individuals to share their perspectives and tips on overarching trends, and how businesses and law practices need to keep up with innovation to remain competitive and to fulfil the needs of tomorrow’s clients.

You may follow "Brand & New" here.

 

Nominations for Women Innovators Prize 2019 are now open

The nomination period for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019 has started.

In its 6th edition, the prize aims to reward the outstanding work of female entrepreneurs who have brought their ideas to market, and to inspire the next generation of innovators.

Three prizes of 100,000 EUR each will be awarded in the main category, "Women Innovators". A special prize of 50,000 EUR will also be given to an exceptional entrepreneur at the beginning of her career, as the "Rising Innovator".

The contest is open to applications until 16 January 2019 from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon 2020.

The four winners will be selected by an independent jury panel, and will be announced in the spring of 2019.

For more information about the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019, please click here.