Managing confidentiality when starting a business

Before starting the development of commercial activities with the support of external business partners, it is crucial to protect confidential information that can have a significant economic value. Any leakage of such information may cause irrevocable outcomes for businesses, especially during the initial stages of business development.
 
With this case study, you will discover how the Romanian entrepreneur, Monica Talpalaru, benefited from the European IPR Helpdesk services in managing confidential information when setting up her new enterprise.
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Intellectual Property made easy

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has recently created a new series of IP-based animations which aim to explain the different IP rights and how they can benefit business.

If you want to acquire basic information on Intellectual Property, this suite of 12 short animations is the perfect place for you to start.

The animations are available at the following link.

OHIM’s communication concerning the use of Nice classification headings for EU trade marks

The president of OHIM has announced that the proprietors of Community trade marks (to be named as EU trade marks, or EUTM) applied before 22 June 2012 and registered in respect of the entire heading of a Nice class, may declare that their intention on the date of filing had been to seek protection in respect of goods and services beyond those covered by the literal meaning of that heading.

Declarations must be submitted to the Office within the transitional period between 23 March 2016 and 24 September 2016 inclusive. From the end of the transitional period, all trade marks containing class headings will be interpreted according to their literal meaning regardless of their filing date.

For more information and having access to the full official communication of OHIM, please click here.

 

OHIM’s public consultation on the Strategic Plan 2020

The Strategic Plan 2020, developed by OHIM, provides a roadmap for the vision and strategic goals set by the Office for the next five years. OHIM now launches a public consultation after reflecting the contributions and recommendations raised during the first consultation period of last year.

With this second study, the Office is once again looking forward to gathering feedbacks from wide range of sources including staff, stakeholders and users to understand the full effects of the Regulation amending the EU trade mark.

The consultation will run until Tuesday 15 March 2016.

For more information about the draft Strategic Plan 2020 and to submit your contribution, please click here

 

Applications for the DesignEuropa Awards are now open

Applications are now open for the first edition of the DesignEuropa Awards celebrating excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or large enterprises.

The DesignEuropa Awards have three categories:

  • Industry (firms with more than 50 employees and/or over €10 million turnover);
  • Small and Emerging companies (firms with fewer than 50 employees and/or less than €10 million turnover, or companies established after January 1, 2013); and
  • a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

The application period runs until July 15th, 2016 and the award ceremony will take place in Milan on November 30th.

The awards are presented in partnership with the Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office (Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi).

Further information is available on the DesignEuropa Award section of OHIM’s website.

 

New European Commission web tool helps SMEs to innovate

The European Commission has launched a new tool making it easier for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to access state-of-the-art technological services across Europe.

This tool allows finding technological service centres active in the field of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that can help SMEs in speeding up the commercialisation of their innovation by providing a broad range of services such as assistance with prototyping, testing, upscaling, first production and product validation.

Further information is available here.

 

The European IPR Helpdesk launches new online features

The European IPR Helpdesk has started this New Year 2016 with two fresh features on the website: From now on the team will regularly provide users with so-called “IP Specials” that will take a closer look at IP issues in a particular business sector or a European Member State. Those thematic packages may include for instance interviews, case studies or fact sheets. The new series has been kicked off with a special on "IP in the Bio-Sector".

Additionally, the European IPR Helpdesk has opened a new section called “IP and Innovation in the Spotlight” offering articles, interviews, success stories, Helpline cases as well as news from the team and the world of IP in an online magazine way.

Both new formats aim to give users additional access to the broad range of IP-related content that the European IPR Helpdesk team constantly develops.

Public consultation on due diligence and supply chain integrity for IP protection

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to analyse the mechanisms for integration of IP into companies' supply chain management and the use of certain monitoring tools and risks assessment procedures by companies.

The results of the consultation will allow for the mapping and the promotion of best practices as well as the elaboration of EU supply chain integrity scheme(s) including a "due diligence toolbox" for IP intensive companies. 

The EU companies, especially SMEs, acting as an IP right holder and/or as a supplier to such a right-holder are invited to participate in the consultation by completing the survey here.

 

The economic cost of IPR infringement in the toys and games sector

A new report from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), reveals that 12.3% of sales in the EU toys and games sector is lost due to counterfeiting.

The study, released through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, entrusted to OHIM, also assesses the indirect effects of the counterfeit trade such as job losses.

The findings of the report highlight how important it is to make sure intellectual property rights are protected and well enforced. This is especially true for the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) who represent 99% of the sector, and who often do not have sufficient resources to take action against infringement.

Further information along with the full text of the report is available here.

WIPO guide on IPR for SMEs in Agri-food market

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development published a guide, “Intellectual Property for Agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises”, covering a whole range of IPR topics useful for SMEs particularly in the griculture and food market, for example: land-holding farmers, breeders and growers, suppliers, processors, machine manufacturers, traders, logistics providers and others…

This guide contains relevant information on different types of intellectual property and concrete examples on how to manage IPR in the agri-food sector.

To download the full guide, please click here.