EPO study on "Patents and self-driving vehicles"

Self-driving vehicles (SDVs) are expected to be commercially available from 2025 and recent statistics for patent applications reveal that innovation in SDVs is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of this transport revolution. By looking at patent applications in this field, it gives a unique insight into the race to innovate in smart, connected and automated vehicles.

In this respect, in co-operation with the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR), the European Patent Office (EPO) has carried out a study providing a comprehensive picture of current trends and emerging leaders in SDV technologies.

The findings show that during the past six years, patent applications at the EPO for autonomous driving increased by 330%, compared to 16% across all technologies in the same period, and in the past ten years the EPO received some 18,000 patent applications related to self-driving vehicles, with nearly 4,000 in 2017 alone.

Click here for further reading on this study.

 

Beefing up business: How the EU can help SMEs protect their IP

Our latest Case Study from the Croatian SME, Phoenix Ltd., has appeared in this edition of Business Planet!

It shows how vital it is for companies to integrate their IP in their overall business strategy and how valuable the support provided by the European IPR Helpdesk through our team of local ambassadors can be.

Watch the interview here on euronews.

 

Collection of evidence

Gathering evidence is an essential part of the enforcement process and IP owners must be aware of the different methods available and how the applicable laws assist them in this matter.

This Fact Sheet illustrates the importance of collecting evidence for the purposes of enforcing IP rights while providing an overview on the EU legislation which regulates collection of evidence, together with the most relevant and well-known methods and other important factors to take into account.

 

Translations of our Fact Sheets

The following are a selection of our top downloaded Fact Sheets that are now available in five EU languages:
French (FR), German (DE), Italian (IT), Polish (PL) and Spanish (ES).

More translations will arrive soon!

  • Fact Sheet on "Design searching", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "The plan for the exploitation and dissemination of results in Horizon 2020", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "IP management in MSC Actions", available here in DE, ES, FR and PL for H2020 projects, and here in IT and PL for FP7 projects.
  • Fact Sheet on "Domain names and cybersquatting", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Copyright essentials", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Trade secrets: An efficient tool for competitiveness", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property management at trade fairs", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "IP Audit: Uncovering the potential of your business", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Non-disclosure agreement: a business tool", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Technology Licensing-in", available here.

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

Please click here for further reading.

 

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.

EUIPO report: The Baseline of Trade Secrets Litigation in the EU

On 17 August EUIPO released a report examining the current level of trade secrets litigation, as well as the profiles of the parties involved and the courts dealing with trade secrets matters.

The study itself covers all 28 EU Member States and contains a mapping of the current national legal systems for the protection of trade secrets, competent courts and procedures in place, including remedies against the unlawful acquisition, use or disclosure of trade secrets.

Find further information and the link to the full text of the study, here.

Fortuna Federn/Phoenix: How bitter experience changed a company’s IP approach

Sometimes, bitter experience may result in positive consequences and brings success.

Check our latest case study to learn how facing increasing number of infringements paved the way for a company to restructure its business plans by considering IP, and why developing a sound IP management strategy is of utmost importance especially when doing business based on innovative products.