SMEs

A new online platform on renewable energy innovation

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in co-operation with the EPO and the International Electrotechnical Commission have launched a new online platform giving access to the world's largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patent documents. Also known as INSPIRE, the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform is the first and most complete solution of its kind. Indeed, the patents section contains information on over two million patent documents relating to carbon mitigation technologies from PATSTAT - a patent statistics database and Espacenet - a public online patent search tool. The standards section enables users to search through a database of more than 400 internationally used standards and explains what standards are, how they can be used and why they are important.  

You can read more and access the INSPIRE platform here.

 

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2016 are now open

Just after a few weeks following to the glamorous European Inventor Award 2015 Ceremony, European Patent Office (EPO) has started next year’s award marathon by opening the nominations for 2016. Rewarding the outstanding inventors from around the world; people from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public can nominate themselves or put forward a nominee for the following categories:

  • Industry: for outstanding and successful technologies patented by large European companies
  • SMEs: for exceptional inventions at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Research: for pioneering inventors working at universities or research institutes
  • Lifetime Achievement: honouring the long-term contribution of an individual European inventor
  • Non-European Countries: for all inventors who are not European nationals but have been granted a European patent

The deadline for submissions is 14 October 2015.

More information is available here.

New fact sheet on the Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results in Horizon 2020

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has published a new fact sheet on the Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results in Horizon 2020.

Exploitation and dissemination are integral part of the European research and innovation funding and certain obligations in this regard arise at the project proposal stage. The Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 explicitly specifies that project proposals shall include a draft Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results (PEDR).

The aim of this fact sheet is to outline the main characteristics and scope of the PEDR in Horizon 2020 and to tackle the issues that participants in Horizon 2020 may encounter when preparing the PEDR.

The fact sheet is available here.

 

The Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results in Horizon 2020

Exploitation and dissemination are integral part of the European research and innovation funding and certain obligations in this regard arise at the project proposal stage. The Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 explicitly specifies that project proposals shall include a draft Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results (PEDR).
The aim of this fact sheet is to outline the main characteristics and scope of the PEDR and to tackle the issues that participants in Horizon 2020 may encounter when preparing the PEDR.

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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.

 

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Survey on industrial design protection in Europe

On behalf of the European Commission – Spark Legal in consortium with time.lex, Queen Mary University of London and Indigov, is conducting a survey on industrial design protection in Europe.

This study aims to gather the views of different stakeholders and to find out their experiences regarding the protection of designs in their respective fields of activity.

If you are an EU SME active in the creative industries, individual designer or responsible for registering design rights, you are strongly encouraged to complete the survey. Your contribution will be important to gather input, views and first-hand insights as to the industrial design protection in Europe.

Completing the questionnaire should take only 5-10 minutes.

The survey is available here.

 

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Unitary Patent renewal fees

The European Patent Office (EPO) has decided to adopt the “True Top 4” proposal for fees covering the territory of the participating 25 EU Member States and corresponding to the total sum of the renewal fees currently paid for the four most frequently validated countries (Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands). The situation of SMEs has been taken into consideration. The proposal contains a clause for possible revision after four years.

More information is available on the EPO website.

 

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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.

 

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