The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and IP is launched

Ideas Powered, an initiative of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), has launched its website on, the first EU-wide interactive website on intellectual property for young people.

With animated and clear outlook, the website aims to create primary awareness on IP and IP counterfeiting issues for youngsters by providing them accurate information and by seeking young Europeans' active contribution with social media channels, blogs and even with competitions.

To access the press release of the OHIM on this news, please click here.

1,25 Millionth International Trade Mark Registration under WIPO’s Madrid System

For the past years, the Madrid System for International Protection of Trade Marks has evolved to one of the most functional business strategy tools and became a one-stop solution for trade mark holders to obtain and maintain protection in multiple markets, reaching to 111 territories in 95 countries. This coverage represents 80% of world trade and provides the applicants to file one application in one language by paying one set of fees to protect their trade marks within these states.

Administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the system has now reached another milestone with its 1,25 millionth registration coming from an Indian consumer electronics company.

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OHIM's report on the economic cost of IPR infringement in the clothing, footwear and accessories sector

A new study from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) shows that the sale of fake clothes, shoes and accessories in the EU equals nearly 10% of the total sales in the sector throughout the EU 28 Member States.

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.

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

The OHIM payment platform is now available in 23 EU languages

The OHIM payment platform, initially only available in the five Office languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish), is now ready for use in the remaining 18 languages of the European Union.

The full multilingual spectrum means that the system recognises and automatically redirects users to the payment screen in the language set by their browser.

Further information is available on the OHIM website.


Protecting Intellectual Property in "The Cloud"

Fast evolving technologies and needs for better cooperation and communication make use of “the cloud” often than ever. However, from the IP point of view the cloud brings many risks as well as it creates a potential silver lining in terms of data security. WIPO Magazine’s interesting article on how the cloud can strengthen IP protection reveals a new IP safeguard key for today’s new IP world.

You can find the article here.

Report on Protection and Enforcement of IP Rights in key third countries: A guide for EU’s rights holders with their business strategies

The European Commission has realized its biennial report on Protection and Enforcement of IP Rights in third countries as a useful information source for European SMEs for better managing their risks around their IP, when developing their business operations in those countries. While assessing the latest IPR situation, the report also draws detailed arguments on progresses, concerns and improvement areas in IP for those countries outside EU.

You can access further information and the full report here.

Interviews on Intellectual property with successful innovators

Talented business people are sharing their opinions of intellectual property (IP) in their field and insights into their time in education. These experiences will be of interest to business start-ups as source of information and best practices.

You can find the interviews here.


Innovation Radar report: Identifying Innovations and Innovators with High Potential in ICT FP7, CIP & H2020 Projects

The European Commission Joint Research Center has published a report on Innovation Radar (IR), a support initiative that focuses on the identification of high-potential innovations in the ICT FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 projects and the key organisation in delivering these innovations to the market. The report provides details of the IR methodology and the results of its first application.

More information and the full report are available here.


Inventive step criterion for patenting

The International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Intellectual Property has published a paper about the inventive step criterion for patenting. The report includes case studies illustrating how Intellectual Property Offices apply the inventive step criterion when assessing patentability. It also summarises the definitions of inventive step and non-obviousness and highlights the principles underlying their assessment.  

The full text of the document is available here.


Study on intellectual property rights and firm performance in Europe

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), acting through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, carried out a study on the contribution of intellectual property rights at a company level.

The study is based on official public financial data and covers companies which own patents, trade marks and designs at both national and EU level.

The report of the study shows that SMEs owning intellectual property rights have a significantly higher economic performance due to the benefits associated with their ownership.

Further information and the full text of the study are available here.