Now available: Exhibitor List for REinEU2016 Conference Bratislava

An international conference completely dedicated to excellence in European science: The REinEU2016 taking place in Bratislava from 26th to 28th October 2016 is one of the largest events during the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2016. Hundreds of representatives from European and international research and innovation communities, and the business sector will meet to discuss excellent science, research and innovation in the field of nanotechnologies, advanced materials, manufacturing and production technologies as well as biotechnology.

The European IPR Helpdesk team will join the event as one of the exhibitors. To view the full list of exhibitors, please follow the link below.

The conference includes three days of interesting and diverse talks and topics. The complete programme is available for download through the link below.

Don't miss this opportunity to make new contacts and find partners from around Europe. We are looking forward to meeting you in Bratislava and welcoming you at our booth at the exhibition.


Boosting the competitiveness of cultural and creative industries for jobs and growth

A recent study conducted on behalf of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission shows that cultural and creative industries (CCIs), employing more than 12 million people in the EU, are at the heart of the creative economy. Knowledge-intensive and based on individual creativity and talent, they generate huge economic wealth and preserve European identity, culture and values. CCIs include a number of subsectors, such as architecture, archives and libraries, artistic crafts, cultural heritage, design, fashion, film, music, performing and virtual arts, publishing, radio, television and video games.

CCIs operate on markets that rely significantly on the creation and exploitation of products related to intellectual property rights (IPR). This study investigates and assesses the competitive and framework conditions of the CCIs and analyses, among other points, the important role and impact of intellectual property issues within the area.

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


Report on the economic cost of IPR infringement in spirits and wine sector

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has published a report presenting the results of the economic cost of IPR infringement in the spirits and wine sector.

The report reveals that the legitimate industries lose approximately 1.3 billion EUR of revenue every year due to the presence of counterfeit spirits and wine in the EU markets, which corresponds to 3.3% of the sector’s sales, causing direct employment losses of approximately 4,800 jobs.

According to the study, the total yearly loss of government revenue (taxes, social contributions and excise duties) as a result of counterfeit products in these sectors across the EU-28 is estimated at 1.2 billion EUR.

For further information about the findings and to read the whole report, please click here.


Launch of the 5th Global Intellectual Property Index report

Taylor Wessing, the UK-based international law firm, launched its 5th Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI5), where different Intellectual Property (IP) regimes around the world have been compared.

This latest edition covers the regimes of 43 different jurisdictions, rated in relation to obtaining, exploiting, enforcing and attacking five key IP rights: trade marks, patents, copyright, design and data protection.

According to this year’s report, the Netherlands has taken the lead from the previous leader UK by pushing it to the third place. Germany takes the first runner-up position.

To see the full report, please click here.


Anti-Counterfeiting Platform wins Global Award

Awardwinning anti-counterfeiting technology: On June 8, the winners of the 18th annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards, sponsored by Managing Intellectual Property and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network, were announced at the Paris Museum of Counterfeiting. The inaugural prize has been awarded to Custodian Solutions for having developed the “most successful new platform for anti-counterfeiting evidence capture, management and enforcement”. This is the first ever award in the technology category.

"Custodian is delighted and honoured to receive this recognition for its work in devising a ground-breaking technology to secure, capture and analyse anti-counterfeiting evidence from acquisition to litigation", said Joel Stobart, CTO of Custodian Solutions.

Check out the complete press release for more details and statistics.


IP Audit: Uncovering the potential of your business

Without any doubt, for today’s businesses one of the very first steps for being successful in the global business arena is to be aware of their intellectual assets. Nevertheless, because of the non-physical nature of these assets, it is sometimes not very easy for companies to identify and utilise them as a tool to reach their objectives.

This time, our brand new fact sheet discusses an invaluable tool to help companies grow in this competitive business world by disclosing their hidden potential: The IP Audit.

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European Patent Office survey report on patent filings

Annually, the European Patent Office (EPO) launches a survey for medium term estimation of patent filing figures, not only for forecasting the number of applications but also to uncover the processes that lead to a patent application and to collect information about the economic trends.

The recently announced 2015 survey report reveals that nearly 300,000 patent filings are expected at the EPO in 2016, although a slight decrease in 2017 is expected. Another interesting estimation drawn by the survey was that 56% of EPO applicants are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The 2016 survey takes place from May to September 2016.

Read the full report on the 2015 survey here


EPO reveals the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced 15 pioneering finalists for this year’s European Inventor Award.

In its 11th edition, EPO once again honours scientists, researchers and engineers who contributed to the world’s technological progress, social development and economic growth with their patented inventions. The awards are given in the five following categories, where three finalists in each have been revealed:

  • Industry
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Research
  • Non-European countries
  • Lifetime achievement

    In addition to the winners in each category, the public will also select the winner of the Popular Prize by online voting in the run-up to the ceremony.

    The EPO European Inventor Award 2016 ceremony will be held on June 9th in Lisbon, Portugal with the participation of prominent representatives from politics, business, science and industry.

    For more information about the awards and this year's finalists, check EPO's dedicated pages on the European Inventor Awards here.


    European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (21)

    We are pleased to inform you that Issue 21 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

    This Bulletin issue is dedicated to Women and Intellectual Property. The women presented are remarkable examples of personal and professional enthusiasm, consistent force and creativity, representing the diversity of the intellectual property professional area.

    Ms. Kaori Saito, Gender and Diversity Specialist, discusses the past and future gender and IP initiatives of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

    Ms. Claire Bury, the Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT (European Commission) with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market is giving us an overview on some key statistics and programmes related to women in the innovation sector.

    A short article developed by our partners from Enterprise Europe Network introduces the Women Entrepreneurship Sector Group (WEG), an initiative offering tailored support to women entrepreneurs.

    Read our interviews to discover the IP professional experiences of three women entrepreneurs and one scientist.

    As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service.

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    Managing confidentiality when starting a business

    Before starting the development of commercial activities with the support of external business partners, it is crucial to protect confidential information that can have a significant economic value. Any leakage of such information may cause irrevocable outcomes for businesses, especially during the initial stages of business development.
    With this case study, you will discover how the Romanian entrepreneur, Monica Talpalaru, benefited from the European IPR Helpdesk services in managing confidential information when setting up her new enterprise.
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