Non-disclosure agreement: a business tool

This new publication aims at clarifying when and why to use this type of agreement, as well as the meaning of the key provisions commonly used. Examples of non-disclosure agreements are also provided at the end of the fact sheet to assist you in case you are drafting your own contract. If you are an SME, a researcher or work at a University you will also find in this fact sheet several practical hints addressing your own specific problems.

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Raising IP Awareness at University to Convert Knowledge into Benefits

We are pleased to inform you that we are now ready to release a new series of publications concerning case studies. Generally, the case is considered as an instance of real-life context. Our case studies are brief exemplary or cautionary documents analysing a subject from which it is possible to stress successful or failure factors. Therefore, we will offer you the opportunity to come across some case studies presenting not only examples to follow but also mistakes to avoid, and from the reading of which you should be able to infer some useful and helpful conclusions.

The first case study has been produced in collaboration with Own-it, an IP service established within the University of the Arts London. Own-it's case has been selected as an instructive example of a first-line IP advice so as to highlight the importance of setting up an IP centre within academic institutions. This service's purpose is to confer a holistic approach to IP education and management, to convert knowledge into socio-economic benefits. This indeed matches the guidelines given by the European Commission in its “Recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities for universities and other public research organisations”.

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IP issues in brokerage events

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has issued a fact sheet with the intention of providing an overview of the main IP issues that should be considered when participating in a brokerage event.

These events are an easy, cheap and quick way for companies’ representatives to develop business partnerships and mainly to commercially exploit their intellectual property assets. Yet, such events may present some risks connected to IP, that all participants should be aware of. The document aims at bringing forward some of the fundamental aspects which any company should take into consideration, to avoid possible drawbacks so as to successfully participate in brokerage events.