MILZU!: Going international with a sound trade mark protection strategy

Competing in global markets is always challenging, especially for SMEs. It is even tougher in some particular sectors such as agrofood, where big players dominate the whole market.

In this Case Study, we meet a Latvian company and witness how they gained a strong presence in the international arena by following a rational trade mark strategy and how they make use of IP rights as a tool to achieve success when doing business abroad.

WIPO: The World Intellectual Property Day 2018 celebrated women's accomplishments

Every 26th April we celebrate the World IP Day, an initiative of WIPO's member states to raise public awareness about the role of IP in daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe.

This year, the World IP Day campaign celebrated the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future. New WIPO figures show the highest-ever rate of women inventors, especially in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry fields, but a gender gap persists. 

Find out more here

European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced

The 15 finalists of the European Inventor Award 2018, announced today by the EPO, have all made significant contributions to advancing technology, generating economic value and creating employment in Europe and throughout the world.

The finalists were selected from a pool of more than 500 individuals and teams of inventors. Their inventions cover a wide range of technological fields including:

  • biotechnology,
  • microchip lithography,
  • automotive,
  • toys and games,
  • medical imaging and technology,
  • renewable energy,
  • material sciences,
  • lasers and
  • electronics.

The finalists are divided into five categories, i.e. industry, research, non-EPO countries, SMEs and lifetime achievement.

The 2018 award ceremony will take place on June 7 in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The public is invited to take part in conferring one of the awards (the Popular Prize) which is chosen by online voting on the EPO website in the run-up to the ceremony.

Voting is open until 3 June 2018.

Find further information on EPO's website, here.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (29)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and fashion focusing on the crucial role played by IP in protecting the products of this creative and vibrant industry.

The European IPR Helpdesk presents, on an introductory article, the different IP tools available to protect fashion designs, while the next contribution by Matej Michalec, lawyer at V4 Legal in Bratislava, develops the topic of IP protection tools in the European Union for the fashion industry, highlighting the issue of design protection and its overlap with copyright.

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director at 4iP Council, gives some useful hints on how to protect inventions in the fashion field, revealing that patent protection of fashion items is far from being a recent topic.

Then, EUIPO provides an article on the increased prevalence of counterfeiting practices in this sector, and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) focuses on the rise of online counterfeiting in the sporting goods industry and the measures available to tackle this problem.

In addition, we have interviewed Claudia G., a Spanish fashion designer who provides us with an insight into the work of designers and how they address IP matters.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service, as well as a brand-new IP and fashion quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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Patent event search: conferences, seminars and courses

Check EPO's website to be up to date on their upcoming webinars and events!

You can search for details of EPO events on the patent event search area, here.

As an example, on 18th of April EPO is organising a free-of-charge webinar about "business use of patent information". For further information and to register visit EPO's website, here.

 

New report on trade in counterfeit goods and free trade zones by EUIPO and OECD

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a new report on "Trade in counterfeit goods and free trade zones".

This research complements a 2016 study from EUIPO and the OECD which estimated the value of counterfeit products to be 2.5% of world trade – up to EUR 338 billion. 

There are over 3,500 free trade zones in the world. Free trade zones are special economic areas which are often, but not always, set up around ports. Taken together, free trade zones employ 66 million people and generate over EUR 365 billion (USD 500 billion) in direct trade-related added value.

An extra free trade zone within an economy increases the value of counterfeit goods exported from that country by 5.9%.

The full study in English and the Executive Summaries in the 23 language versions can be found here on EUIPO's Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights webpage.

Twelve outstanding finalists for the 2018 EU Prize for Women Innovators

Twelve successful women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market have made it to the shortlist for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018, funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.

Find out more about this year's EU Prize for Women Innovators, here.

Meet the 12 finalists, here.

 

4 SMEs: New website area of 4iP Council

4iP Council, which is dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to IP and innovation, has launched a new website area called "4 SMEs".

This new area aims to help European SMEs optimise their IP assets and find the wide range of materials and support mechanisms available to them.

Find further information on 4iP Council's website, here.

 

Innovation Craft Company: Keeping the doors open for IP internationalisation

Whether you are a coffee or a tea lover this new Case Study will surely interest you. It tells the story of how two Spanish entrepreneurs effectively protected and managed their IP rights and IP strategy thanks to the services provided free of charge by IVACE (a Spanish institute of business competitiveness, member of the Enterprise Europe Network).

Find out more about the portable capsule coffeemaker and how they have protected it in this Case Study.

Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

EUIPO has prepared a Questions and Answers (Q&A) document on EU trade marks and registered Community designs for information purposes.

The document is in line with the revised version of the European Commission's Notice on a potential "no Brexit agreement" released on 22 January 2018.

The contents of both the Notice and Q&A are in no way prejudicial to any settlement or arrangement that may be agreed between the negotiating parties and can be accessed on EUIPO's website, here.