EPO Virtual classrooms on "Technology commercialisation"

The European Patent Academy is organising a series of virtual classroom sessions introducing the technology commercialisation.

The lessons are based on ip4inno training modules, specifically designed for companies, business advisors, technology transfer offices and others aiming to utilise intellectual property in their businesses. The programme comprises five sessions in the period of four weeks and the participants only need to register once for all five sessions:

30 May 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
1 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
13 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
15 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
20 June 2016, 14.00 hrs CEST (GMT + 02:00)
 
The registration cost is 100 EUR covering all four one-hour virtual classroom sessions.
The registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be closed once the maximum number of participants (100) is fulfilled.
 
Further information about the training and the registration form are available here.
 

A path through an innovation ecosystem

Being a leader in a market sometimes deters companies from investing in R&D activities as they rely on their current market shares. However, for sustainable success in business, companies should not ignore innovation and they ought to consider intellectual property as a part of their business strategies.
 
Read the story of a Turkish company, Kayseri Seker, to discover how the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador Scheme helps companies to build up an R&D and IPR-based business strategy, leading to creation of an innovation ecosystem.
 
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OHIM publishes its 2016 Work programme

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has revealed its 2016 Work programme, where the activities to be undertaken by the Office are outlined. 
 
The first part of the programme describes the activities that the Office will engage in under the Strategic Plan in 2016 including the activities related to both internal and external audits as well as data protection. The second part contains the forecast for volumes of trade mark and design applications as well as for other types of filings, such as oppositions and appeals. 
 
Please click here to read the full Work programme. 
 

Highlights from the EPO’s Annual Report 2015

The European Patent Office (EPO) released its Annual Report for 2015 in last week’s press conference in Brussels. The results show that in 2015, there has been a rise in both European Patent filings (+1.6%) and applications (+4.8%) compared to 2014, confirming a trend of positive growth that has been witnessed for the sixth year in a row.
 
Following the 38 EPO member states (35% of all applications), the USA remains the largest filer, accounting for 24% of all European filings, before Japan with 18% share. Among EPO member states, Germany takes the lead with 11%.
 
For the full coverage of the EPO 2015 Annual Report, please click here.
 

WIPO Director General’s video message on International Women’s Day

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Mr. Francis Gurry publishes a video message to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
 
In his message, Mr. Gurry underlines women’s contributions in the fields of science, technology and creative industries, and highlights the action plans of WIPO for achieving gender equality.
 
Please click here for the video recording. 
 
The full transcript of the video is accessible here
 

Intellectual Property made easy

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has recently created a new series of IP-based animations which aim to explain the different IP rights and how they can benefit business.

If you want to acquire basic information on Intellectual Property, this suite of 12 short animations is the perfect place for you to start.

The animations are available at the following link.

New European Commission web tool helps SMEs to innovate

The European Commission has launched a new tool making it easier for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to access state-of-the-art technological services across Europe.

This tool allows finding technological service centres active in the field of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that can help SMEs in speeding up the commercialisation of their innovation by providing a broad range of services such as assistance with prototyping, testing, upscaling, first production and product validation.

Further information is available here.

 

The European IPR Helpdesk launches new online features

The European IPR Helpdesk has started this New Year 2016 with two fresh features on the website: From now on the team will regularly provide users with so-called “IP Specials” that will take a closer look at IP issues in a particular business sector or a European Member State. Those thematic packages may include for instance interviews, case studies or fact sheets. The new series has been kicked off with a special on "IP in the Bio-Sector".

Additionally, the European IPR Helpdesk has opened a new section called “IP and Innovation in the Spotlight” offering articles, interviews, success stories, Helpline cases as well as news from the team and the world of IP in an online magazine way.

Both new formats aim to give users additional access to the broad range of IP-related content that the European IPR Helpdesk team constantly develops.

Conference report: “Infringements of Designs Protected by Design Law and Copyright”

The conference report for the latest Knowledge and Awareness Building Conference jointly organised by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), Europol (EU’s law enforcement agency) and Eurojust (EU's Judicial Cooperation Unit) has been released.

This latest conference, held on November 2015, focused on infringement of designs protected by design law and copyright by addressing different specific topics such as the implications of 3D printing.  

The published report compiles the presentations made by the international speakers on design infringements, the disparities in current national legislation and enforcement issues together with the main findings and conclusions of the event.

You may read the full report here.

 

Public consultation on due diligence and supply chain integrity for IP protection

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to analyse the mechanisms for integration of IP into companies' supply chain management and the use of certain monitoring tools and risks assessment procedures by companies.

The results of the consultation will allow for the mapping and the promotion of best practices as well as the elaboration of EU supply chain integrity scheme(s) including a "due diligence toolbox" for IP intensive companies. 

The EU companies, especially SMEs, acting as an IP right holder and/or as a supplier to such a right-holder are invited to participate in the consultation by completing the survey here.