E-Learning for SMEs

Are you looking for an e-learning tool tailored for SMEs? Then do not look further, because the OHIM’s E-Learning for SMEs is what you need.

Provided in nine different languages, this tool aims to train SMEs about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). With the possibility to select the sector and product which you could identify your business with, this tool allows you to have a training tailored to your concrete needs. In E-Learning for SMEs you can also find case studies, good practices and manuals to deepen your knowledge.

To access this tool, please click here.

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“Agreeing a Price for Intellectual Property Rights” Booklet

This booklet, which forms part of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) IP Healthcheck series, is designed to help businesses conducting transactions involving Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) reach a valuation of IPRs. It:

  • will help you understand whether you are charging or paying too much;
  • describes the common methods of valuing IPR;
  • provides an easy-to-complete checklist, in scorecard form, which you can use to assess the value of IPRs in your transaction; and
  • lists other useful resources.

There is no easy or fool proof way to value IPR, and it can become complicated. This booklet will take a little time to read through, but it will take you a long way towards being able to take an informed decision about the value of IPR. It will also help you see whether you need to call on an expert professional, and if so it should enable you to make the best use of his or her time.

For further information on IP Healthcheck, please click here; to freely download the booklet, here.

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Commissioner Barnier explains why the EU Unitary Patent will make a difference for European companies

In a speech before the Committee of Legal Affairs of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Commissioner Barnier explained why the proposal for the Unitary Patent will make a difference, allow growth and in particular change the lives of European innovative firms. According to the Commissioner this new tool will make a difference mainly because:

  • applicants will have the option to have a patent with a unitary effect in 25 Member States;
  • translation will be facilitated;
  • costs will be considerably reduced (“cost of validation of a unitary patent in 25 Member States will be reduced to € 2,380 during the transitional period, and only € 680 after the end of the transitional period”); and
  • the patent will be protected in all 25 Member States through a unique court.

To read the speech in full, please click here.

For further information on the Unitary Patent, click here.

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Survey on Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information in the Internal Market

Some months ago, the European Commission contracted Baker & McKenzie to carry out a study on trade secrets and confidential business information. In this framework, Baker & McKenzie has launched a survey with the purpose to investigate how EU companies manage these assets.

The data collected “will help the European Commission to better evaluate whether there is a need to provide companies, and in particular SMEs, with better means of redress against the economic harm resulting from dishonest appropriation of confidential business information.

The European IPR Helpdesk encourages all EU companies to participate in this survey! Click here to participate.

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In Good Company - Managing Intellectual Property Issues in Franchising

At the heart of franchising is the licensing of intellectual property (IP) in conjunction with a proven business model.  Given that franchising is one of the fastest and most popular means of business expansion, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has just published a new guide designed to increase understanding of how the intellectual property system is integral to business competitiveness.

This publication is available for free download here, and print copies could be ordered from the WIPO bookshop.

For further information, please click here.

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EPO’s Patent Translate service: new languages added

The EPO provides a free automatic translation service on its online patent database Espacenet. This translation service is called Patent Translate and allows the “access to state-of-the-art technologies for European inventors and businesses by removing the language barrier from patent documentation," according to EPO President Benoît Battistelli.

Last week, the EPO added a second set of European languages to Patent Translate, which includes Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian and Polish. This means that now you are able to make “on-the-fly-translation from, and into, English for thirteen languages” of documents in Espacenet.

For further information, please click here.

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Intellectual Property Guidelines for Business


Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), an initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has developed a set of Intellectual Property (IP) Guidelines to provide information to businesses on practical steps they can take to assess the effectiveness of their IP management policies, particularly in the area of copyright and trademark; to help protect their own IP; and to consider new options for improving performance and managing the risks associated with counterfeiting and piracy.

By addressing these factors, the Guidelines serve to help businesses:

  • Understand and support the value of IP as the basis of innovative, creative and economic activity
  • Manage their own copyrights and trademarks more effectively;
  • Comply with the IP laws protecting other companies’ copyrights and trademarks;
  • Manage the business risks associated with infringement;
  • Prevent and deter counterfeiting and piracy; and
  • Develop company policies and practices to effect such compliance.

To freely download the Guidelines in different languages, please click here

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IP due diligence: assessing value and risks of intangibles


We are pleased to announce you that the European IPR Helpdesk has issued a new fact sheet on IP due diligence. The knowledge of this intricate topic is fundamental for organizations having the purpose to acquire IP, raising capital and seeking financial assistance. Although IP due diligence is a precondition for any capital investment, it can be helpful for enforcing IP rights and reducing the IP-related costs as well. In a few words, IP due diligence can be considered as an essential process when developing an IP strategy.

This fact sheet has the scope of illustrating when, why and how to conduct IP due diligence mainly from an SME perspective, in order to increase its marketability. Nevertheless its content is suitable for investigations carried out by any organisation, such as public and private RTOs (Research and Technology Organisations) and universities.

Follow the link below to know more about this issue.

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“Resolving IP Disputes” Booklet

This paper forms part of the Intellectual Property (IP) Healthcheck series of the U.K. Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), a suite of booklets and online tools for business which have been developed to help you identify your intellectual assets and advise you how best to exploit and protect them.

There are five IP Healthcheck booklets in this series:

  • Licensing Intellectual Property;
  • Agreeing a Price for Intellectual Property Rights;
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements;
  • Choosing the Right IP Adviser;
  • Resolving IP Disputes.

This booklet provides information on the options available to users and right holders in relation to ADR and the court system. It further helps IP users, in particular businesses, understand and implement measures to prevent and tackle any instances of IP rights infringement and therefore avoid possible legal, IT security and reputational risks.

To read the full paper, please click here

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