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.

 

 

 

Case Study: Registered designs a tool to fight against copycats

The UK company, These Please, manufacturing door knobs, handles and coat hooks, takes the advantage of registering its designs in fighting against the infringers and opens the doors for expanding its business with its registered door knobs.

A case study published by the UK Intellectual Property Office, will give you a perfect inspiration on how IP can help businesses to grow and easly deal with competitors by using registered designs.

Read the case study here.

 

Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation

In order to sustain competitiveness in global market within the new world of international alliances and networks, companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

This fact sheet aims to show you how to deal with Intellectual Property (IP) matters in internationalisation process and which main steps should be taken to manage Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), when entering into foreign markets.

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WIPO Intellectual Property Advantage database

The World Intellectual Property Organization IP Advantage database contains a wide range of case studies giving real examples on intellectual property protection (patents, trade marks, and industrial designs), management and exploitation. The database is an extensive source of information and best practices for Small and Medium-sized enterprises dealing with IP.  

You can access the database here.

 

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (18)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

This Bulletin issue firstly presents Intellectual Property as an economic value for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by introducing the IPR Business Insight. Reading this issue, you will also discover that companies which own intellectual property are more successful on the market and that different motives behind patenting exist depending on the size of the enterprise.

Thinking on the growing importance of the Internet as a business tool for SMEs, the Bulletin features an article on hyperlinking giving practical recommendations on how to avoid IPR infringement. Regarding the EU funded projects, this issue offers an interesting article on the applicability of the Horizon 2020 IP rules in Eurostars.

Furthermore, OHIM introduces the Harmonised Database and its advantages for trade mark applicants when building their list of goods and services.

As always, the issue reports information about training and events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a brand new trade mark crossword for those who enjoy challenges.

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OHIM’s European workshop roadshow

OHIM experts are on European roads to inform you about Office’s online services, classification tools and much more in 10 different destinations around the continent between September and December 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to put forward their questions, have first-hand information and advices on OHIM services in three hour workshops, co-organised with local partners.

Together with the on-site events, it will be possible for online users to follow five of the workshops through their computers.

Updated programmes in all destinations, details and registration information can be found here.

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.