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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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.

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Germany joins DesignView

As of 7 August 2017, design data from the German Patent and Trade Mark Office has been made available to the DesignView search tool.

The addition of more than one and a half million German industrial designs brings the total number of designs in the database to over 12 million.

Since the introduction of DesignView in November 2012, it has grown to become the world’s largest free, online, searchable design database, containing design data from 55 intellectual property offices across the world.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina joins Designview

As of 12 June 2017, the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina (IIP-BIH) has made its industrial design data available to the Designview search tool.

This latest extension brings the total number of offices participating in Designview to 55 and is now available in 35 languages. With the addition of more than 700 designs from IIP-BIH, Designview now provides information and access to more than 10,4 million designs in total.

Since the introduction of Designview on 19 November 2012, the tool has served more than 2,6 million searches from 146 different countries, with Germany, Spain and the UK among the most frequent users.

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WIPO releases 2016 global statistics on IP filings

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published the statistics on international patent, trade mark and design applications in 2016. The numbers show that last year was a record year for international patent applications and reveals a strong demand for trade marks and designs.

In patents, 233,000 applications were filed in 2016 through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system. Germany is the only European country in the top-five patent applicants by taking the fourth place behind the USA, Japan and China. The second-best European country, France, holds the seventh position in the ranking.

In trade marks, 52,550 applications were filed under the Madrid System, meaning a 7.2% increase in comparison to 2015. The top applicants in this area are the USA, Germany, France, China and Switzerland. The European Union was the second most designated member after China.

In designs filed through the Hague System, the total number of applications were 18,716, this time dominated by the European countries Germany and Switzerland, then the Republic of Korea, the USA and the Netherlands. The European Union was the most designated member in the Hague System applications last year.


For more information regarding the WIPO statistics, please read the WIPO dedicated pages here together with the infographics.

Please check our fact sheet "Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation" for more information.


Improved image recognition in eSearch plus

eSearch plus is the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s most popular database allowing users to search for European Union trade marks and registered community designs.

In November 2015, a new image recognition feature in beta was introduced to search for images with a quick and simple ‘drag-and-drop’ function. After nearly a year of successful implementation, eSearch plus now features an improved algorithm based on deep learning technology that combines visual similarity and object recognition to improve the ranking of search results using codes of the Vienna classification (international classification of the figurative elements of trade marks).

Further information is available here.