4 SMEs: New website area of 4iP Council

4iP Council, which is dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to IP and innovation, has launched a new website area called "4 SMEs".

This new area aims to help European SMEs optimise their IP assets and find the wide range of materials and support mechanisms available to them.

Find further information on 4iP Council's website, here.

 

Innovation Craft Company: Keeping the doors open for IP internationalisation

Whether you are a coffee or a tea lover this new Case Study will surely interest you. It tells the story of how two Spanish entrepreneurs effectively protected and managed their IP rights and IP strategy thanks to the services provided free of charge by IVACE (a Spanish institute of business competitiveness, member of the Enterprise Europe Network).

Find out more about the portable capsule coffeemaker and how they have protected it in this Case Study.

Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

EUIPO has prepared a Questions and Answers (Q&A) document on EU trade marks and registered Community designs for information purposes.

The document is in line with the revised version of the European Commission's Notice on a potential "no Brexit agreement" released on 22 January 2018.

The contents of both the Notice and Q&A are in no way prejudicial to any settlement or arrangement that may be agreed between the negotiating parties and can be accessed on EUIPO's website, here.

Survey on Technology Transfer Opportunities for SMEs

The EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, a service of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, has launched a survey on technology transfer opportunities for SMEs. 

The Helpdesk aims to support EU and Japanese companies and individuals in their search for technologies and understanding the mechanics of technology transfer transactions, as well as bridging the knowledge gap about current available technologies from both Japan and the EU.

Click here to take part in the survey. The survey will be closed on 28 February 2018.

The results of the survey will be published and publicly available in April 2018.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (28)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and research focusing on the crucial role played by IP in the context of research activities and how IP is managed by research institutions.

WIPO introduces us to institutional intellectual property policies and explains how it can assist on this matter.

OpenAIRE talks about open access and the different ways to make research results freely available under this practice while, Dr Dragan Indjin, a COST Action Chair and Grant Holder, shares with us his sucess story and his experience in this field.

Dr Claudia Tapia, from 4iPCouncil, explains how to collaborate in research projects while keeping IP business protected and, the European champion - TECNALIA, a Spanish research and technological development centre, describes to us its experience in IP management in the context of research projects.

Then, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) summarises the initiatives and programmes the FNR provides for research projects.

As a closure to these articles and interviews, Professor Jennifer Littlechild, coordinator of the ERA-net project THERMOGENE, tells us in an interview about her experience in research projects and the importance of IP and IP management for their success.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service. This time, you will also find a short article regarding the Autumn Meeting for the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassadors, as well as our brand-new IP and research multiple choice test and our usual patent quiz.

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WIPO: Trade secrets - the hidden IP right

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently published an article regarding trade secrets, which provides a quick overview of this "hidden right". Learn how trade secrets are regulated in the EU and in the US; how they can be used to protect inventions in comparison to patents, and how they can prove particularly beneficial for SMEs.

Check this interesting article and for further information on trade secrets, consult the European IPR Helpdesk fact sheet "Trade secrets: an efficient tool for competitiveness".

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