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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EU customs seized over 31 million fake goods in 2017

A recent report announced by the European Commission shows that EU customs authorities confiscated over 31 million counterfeit products at the EU's external border with a street value of over €580 million.

Although the total figures have declined since 2016, products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 43% of the total number of detained articles. According to the report, foodstuffs are at the top of the list (24%), followed by toys (11%), cigarettes (9%), other goods (9%) and clothing (7%).

China remained the main country of origin for fake goods entering the EU. According to the type of goods, the highest amount of fake clothing originated in Turkey, while most counterfeit mobile phones and accessories, ink cartridges and toners, CDs/DVDs and labels, tags and stickers entered the EU from Hong Kong and China. India was the top country of origin for fake medicines. 

Check the full the report and the related statistics here.

 

IP and BREXIT: Updates from the UK Government in "no deal" scenario

The government of the UK has recently published a series of technical notices about IP rights in case no deal is agreed in the Brexit negotiations.

These technical notes are aimed at helping businesses and citizens understand what they need to do and allowing them to make informed plans and preparations.

The most recent technical notices on IP were published on 24 September 2018 under these four titles:

  • trade marks and designs if there is no Brexit deal
  • patents if there is no Brexit deal
  • copyright if there is no Brexit deal
  • exhaustion of intellectual property rights if there is no Brexit deal

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The Hague Member Profiles Database

On August 31, 2018 WIPO launched the all-new Hague Member Profiles Database for the Hague system. This e-service offers a portal to the practices and procedures of Hague System members around the world.

Choose from a wide range of data including:

  • Members that do not allow deferment of publication or those that allow it for a limited period
  • All the declarations made by each member
  • Information on each member’s examination procedures
  • Information on opposition procedures or responding to refusals
  • Contact information for each Office

Find further information and access the database, here.