The economic cost of IPR infringement in the toys and games sector

A new report from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), reveals that 12.3% of sales in the EU toys and games sector is lost due to counterfeiting.

The study, released through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, entrusted to OHIM, also assesses the indirect effects of the counterfeit trade such as job losses.

The findings of the report highlight how important it is to make sure intellectual property rights are protected and well enforced. This is especially true for the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) who represent 99% of the sector, and who often do not have sufficient resources to take action against infringement.

Further information along with the full text of the report is available here.

WIPO guide on IPR for SMEs in Agri-food market

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development published a guide, “Intellectual Property for Agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises”, covering a whole range of IPR topics useful for SMEs particularly in the griculture and food market, for example: land-holding farmers, breeders and growers, suppliers, processors, machine manufacturers, traders, logistics providers and others…

This guide contains relevant information on different types of intellectual property and concrete examples on how to manage IPR in the agri-food sector.

To download the full guide, please click here.




Case Study: Registered designs a tool to fight against copycats

The UK company, These Please, manufacturing door knobs, handles and coat hooks, takes the advantage of registering its designs in fighting against the infringers and opens the doors for expanding its business with its registered door knobs.

A case study published by the UK Intellectual Property Office, will give you a perfect inspiration on how IP can help businesses to grow and easly deal with competitors by using registered designs.

Read the case study here.


WIPO's World Intellectual Property Report 2015

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released its biennial World Intellectual Property Report, dedicated to breakthrough innovations and economic growth. The report examines historical and current revolutionary innovations with their effects on financial development and probes today’s promising technologies with breakthrough potential: 3D printing, nanotechnology and robotics.

The 2015 report also reveals the leading countries on advanced technologies in relation with their patent filings and how intellectual property can be utilised as a tool for building up successful innovation ecosystems.

Read the full report here.


"Filing strategies, enforcement and clearing the path in a Unitary Patent world"

In their article on Managing Intellectual Property magazine, the patent practitioners Thomas Prock and Michael Moore are discussing the upcoming unitary patent protection system and practical conclusions on its future implementation.

“The fragmented nature of the current European patent system runs contrary to the EU ideal of a unified market and has provided the political momentum behind the multi-national Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) system.”

Please click here to read the full article.


Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation

In order to sustain competitiveness in global market within the new world of international alliances and networks, companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

This fact sheet aims to show you how to deal with Intellectual Property (IP) matters in internationalisation process and which main steps should be taken to manage Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), when entering into foreign markets.

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Global Innovation Index 2015

If you are interested in discovering which are the most innovative economies of the world, have a look at the recently released Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015!

The GII, in its 8th edition this year, is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD Business School and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and provides a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results, based on 79 indicators.

Further information along with the full text of the GII is available here.


Article on Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) has realised an article on “Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency” written by the former LESI President Kevin Nachtrab.

The article deals with patent licenses from private international law aspect and discusses the two different regimes of cross-border insolvency proceedings under UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and European Council's related Regulation by giving concrete examples.

Please click here to read the full article.

Due Diligence for fight against counterfeiting of goods

The European Commission has just released a report focused on due diligence as an organizational preventive measure to fight against IP infringing activities.

Along with a complete explanation of what due diligence is, the report contains case studies and practical recommendations addressed to companies concerning responsible supply chain management and IPR protection through due diligence mechanisms.

The full text of the report is available here.