Olive oil produced in Jaén goes abroad!

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

If a company wants to enter new foreign markets, its business and intellectual property (IP) strategy should be shaped in a flexible way, allowing adaptation to new business and competition environments.

This case study, based on the real experience of Castillo de Canena, aims to show you how to deal with IP matters, and in particular trade marks, in the internationalisation process and describes the main steps to be taken when entering foreign markets.

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Design Searching

Risks of investing in non-original design or filing an application for identical or confusingly similar design can be avoided or at least limited by performing design searching.

The European IPR Helpdesk's new fact sheet focusses on the main characteristics of design searching as a best practice allowing companies and designers to keep up with the latest market trends and look at designs that may impede the possibility to acquire protection or infringe the rights on their design creations.

The fact sheet includes the rationale of searching design information and practical hints on how and where searching for designs together with functionalities of some of the most commonly used design search databases.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (19)

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

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to industrial designs - industrial design protection, where and how to search registered designs, new design innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020.

Read also our interview with a young Luxembourgish designer and see her vision on Intellectual Property and design protection.  

Trade fairs - our Bulletin features an article giving practical recommendations on how to minimise the risk of infringement when exhibiting new, innovative products and services.

Article of Professor Thomas Gergen explains the advantages and risks in mediation procedures, as possible alternative to solve intellectual property disputes.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new design crossword.

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Notice on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

The Notice has been prepared by the European Commission and countersigned by EUIPO. It addresses holders of and applicants for European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs in the context of the notification of the intention of the UK to withdraw from the European Union, submitted on 29 March 2017.

In the event that no agreement is reached by the negotiating parties:

  • registered EUTMs and RCDs as well as URCDs made available to the public before the withdrawal date will no longer have effect in the UK as from the withdrawal date,
  • any pending application for EUTM or RCD will no longer cover the UK as of the withdrawal date,
  • EUTMs and RCDs granted on or after the withdrawal date will no longer cover the UK, and
  • all existing seniority claims in EUTMs based on UK TMs will no longer have effect in the EU as of the withdrawal date.

Find further information and consult the Notice on EUIPO's website, here.

The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?

Tempted?

Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

DesignEuropa Awards 2018: applications open!

The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or large enterprises.

Applications for the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 are now open until May 15, 2018. The competition takes place every two years and is open to any person, entity or institution of any nationality, either individually or as a team, provided that they own a valid RCD that is also marketed and sold (in any country).

Find out more and apply here

DesignClass integrated in EUIPO’s design e-filing

DesignClass is the online search tool for harmonised product indications and has been designed to help users find product indications in the Harmonised Database that best match the goods to which a design applies.

With its integration in EUIPO’s e-filing, users will be able to reap the benefits of the Harmonised Database of Product Indications (HDBPI). Learn more about these benefits on EUIPO's website here.

DesignClass has also been integrated in other search systems with a design component, such as DesignView and eSearch Case Law.

San Marino joins TMview and Designview

As of 16 October 2017, The Patents and Trademarks Office of the Republic of San Marino (USBM) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and Designview search tools.

With the addition of the USBM data base, TMview now contains data from 60 participating offices and Designview from 58 offices.

Designview contains more than 12.4 million designs, including almost 400 from USBM. Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 34.7 million searches from 157 different countries, while Designview has served more than 2.9 million searches from 158 different countries, with users from Germany, the UK and Spain among the most frequent users since its launch in 2012.

Find out more here