European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin issue (14)

This summer issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin firstly presents an easy-to-use map of different free-of-charge initiatives available to assist SMEs with intellectual property related matters. Thinking on the growing relevance of designs in business, the Bulletin features an article on industrial design protection in the EU and the use of its grace period. An interview with a European agro/food biotech company underlines the relevance of IP in the biotechnology sector.

Regarding the research sector, this issue offers an interesting article on the DESCA 2020, a model consortium agreement tailored to be used in Horizon 2020. Two pieces featured by OHIM show the importance of IP enforcement via the outcomes of the first International IP Enforcement Summit and how the OHIM Academy plays a role in helping stakeholders throughout the EU.

The Innovaccess IP cost tool, a free-of-charge tool allowing the calculation of the costs related to different IP titles, the patent quiz and the Information Package on IP in Horizon 2020 complete this substantial fourteenth Bulletin issue.

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Low cost branding protection with IP services support

The European Commission has set up specially developed services, provided by Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk, to guarantee that SMEs and researchers can be provided with all the information and suggestions that are useful for managing international businesses and exploitable innovation.

This case study is an example of how the Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk can work together to help the internationalisation of an European SME.

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Romania joins DesignView

The registered designs data of the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks of Romania (OSIM) has been integrated into the DesignView database, raising the number of designs available in this database to more than 2 million.

DesignView is a fully multilingual search tool that centralises information about registered designs from sixteen IP Offices, allowing users to perform free-of-charge searches on one common platform.

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France joins DesignView

The information of the National Institute of Industrial Property of France (INPI) has been integrated into the DesignView database. This means that around 700,000 French designs have been added to DesignView, which according to the Office for the Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) now makes available information on 2 million designs.

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Three new IP Offices join Designview

The registered designs data of the Czech Intellectual Property Office (IPO CZ), the Lithuania State Patent Bureau (SPB) and the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) have been integrated into the Designview database, with a total of nearly 153,000 designs made available in Designview. The other ten Offices that have integrated Designview are: Portugal, Benelux, Estonia, Spain, Greece OBI, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Latvia, Slovenia and OHIM.

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First European TMDN Newsletter out now

The first issue of the new European TMDN News is out now. The newsletter is focused on the intellectual property community, and looks at the European Trade Mark and Design Network's drive to share best practices and harmonise working methods.

In this English language version of the issue you'll find all the latest news on the Back Office project, the Terminology Maintenance Console, the Quality tool and a roundup of all the latest news from the EU National IP Offices. The magazine will be available in 23 EU languages in the coming weeks.

To read this first European TMDN newsletter, please click here.

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Slovenia joins Designview

On October 30th, the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) became the tenth member of Designview, adding around 4,000 Slovenian designs to this database. Designview is a free database of registered design information maintained by the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM).

The offices which are part of the Designview community are now Benelux, Bulgaria, Estonia, Spain, Greece, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and OHIM.

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UK report on the impact of lookalikes

Well-known brands, and brand-owners' groups, have long advocated specific and adequate protection against lookalikes under United Kingdom law, particularly in the context of possible business-to-business harm. More recently, the issue has also become more prominent on the agenda of the European Union both in the context of so-called "freeriding" in relation to trade mark law, and with respect to possible unfair commercial practices.

“A lookalike product is a product sold by a third party which looks similar to a manufacturer brand owner’s product and, by reason of that similarity, consumers perceive the lookalike to share a greater number of features with the manufacturer brand owner than would be expected simply because the products are in the same product category.”

This report, commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office, aims to obtain empirical evidence on the effect of lookalikes on consumers and on the market place. The purpose of the research was to attempt to find the balance of costs and benefits between manufacturer brand owners and retailers and what, if any, lookalike effect might exist.

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Strong Growth in Demand for Intellectual Property Rights in 2012

International filings for patents, trade marks and industrial designs under World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)-administered intellectual property (IP) systems saw continued strong growth in 2012.

In 2012, international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) grew by 6.6% compared to 2011. Japan and the United States of America (US) accounted for 48.8% of the 194,400 PCT applications filed in 2012.

International trade mark applications filed under the Madrid system grew by 4.1% in 2012. France, Germany and the US accounted for 36.5% of the 44,018 Madrid applications filed in 2012.

International industrial design applications filed under the Hague system grew by 3.3% on 2011. The 2,604 applications filed in 2012 contained 12,454 individual designs, representing a 3.5% growth over 2011. France, Germany and Switzerland accounted for 62.8% of total designs.

As in previous years, demand for WIPO’s international IP filing systems increased despite a weak economic climate,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “As we begin to see signs of a recovery, those companies that built strong portfolios of intangible assets during the downturn will benefit the most from new market opportunities.

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