Intellectual Property in biotechnology

Biotechnology is a field where technology advances rapidly but returns on investments may be slow. For this reason, it is important for public research organisations and enterprises to protect the innovation that they generate with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), which provide a basis for return on investment in research and development, by granting monopoly rights for a certain period of time to their owners.

This fact sheet gives a brief overview of:

  • The different forms of  IP that can be relevant in biotechnology, focussing more specifically on patents;
  • The role of biotechnology in innovation in Europe; and
  • How to use patent information for innovation indicators.

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Call for expression of interest for setting up of a list of coaches for coaching activities in connection with the SME Instrument

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is a novel funding tool supporting SMEs with the ambition and potential to engage in innovation-driven growth on the European and global markets. Successful beneficiaries of the call will be offered coaching and mentoring support during the first two phases of the SME instrument.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (EASME) of the European Commission has released a call for expressions of interest to set up a list of external experts, called "business coach(es)"

The coaching support will focus on developing organisational capabilities to equip the beneficiaries with the necessary skills to ensure commercial growth based on the company’s SME Instrument project. Participation in the coaching support offered is voluntary for SME Instrument participants.  The role of the business coaches is therefore to provide business coaching and leadership development support to companies.

For more information and to submit expressions of interest, please click here.

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Using intellectual property to raise finance for innovation

Intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, designs and trade marks among others, can help innovative firms gain access to financing since they can be used as collateral or security for loans.

The World Bank has therefore published a policy brief, which identifies policy options to encourage a greater use of IP assets to channel financing into innovation.

You can read the policy brief here.

For detailed information on how intellectual property assets can be used for financial advantages, please consult our fact sheet on this topic. You can read it here.

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Low cost branding protection with IP services support

The European Commission has set up specially developed services, provided by Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk, to guarantee that SMEs and researchers can be provided with all the information and suggestions that are useful for managing international businesses and exploitable innovation.

This case study is an example of how the Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk can work together to help the internationalisation of an European SME.

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Raise awareness on IP in the biotech sector

“Biotechnology in Europe: The Tax, Finance and Regulatory Framework and Global Policy Comparison” is a joint report by Ernst & Young and EuropaBio. The reports examines what the continent has to offer to investors, entrepreneurs and researchers alike. It analyses everything from what to be taken into account when importing materials for clinical trials to the best way to exploit intellectual property within Europe’s various jurisdictions, as well as the key global locations on the increasingly important topic of R&D incentives.

Because jurisdictions influence how, when and why investors in biotechnology decide to enter or exit a business, the report weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of individual countries.

In the event that you are interested in why IP is important for biotech companies, we encourage you to read the two documents below!

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European IPR Helpdesk templates on NDAs and MoUs updated

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has updated its Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)  that can now be used independently of the kind of negotiations that you enter into, both in the context of EU-funded projects and for international partnerships.

In addition to that, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Horizon 2020 has been created. Alongside the one already available for FP7, the new document reflects the few changes brought by the new Horizon 2020 rules.

All these templates can be found and freely downloaded in the European IPR Helpdesk online library, under useful documents.

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Allocation of shares of jointly developed results

Ownership over the intellectual property arising as a result of the innovation is one of the most critical issues to resolve in the framework of collaborative projects, especially in cases where two or more partners generate results jointly.

This case study sets out the likely actions to be undertaken in such a situation to avoid any drawbacks and for a proper management of a jointly owned research result.

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IP Marketplace

IP Marketplace is managed by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and is an online display window where you can look for trading partners and other kinds of partnership. IP Marketplace is free of charge for both buyers and sellers.

At IP Marketplace you can put your patents, patent applications, utility models, design and trade marks - so-called IP rights - up for sale or out-licensing. You can also use IP Marketplace when searching for IP rights to buy or in-license, or when you are looking for partners for innovation projects that build on patentable knowledge.

You can access IP Marketplace here.

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WIPO’s guide on secrets of IP for small and medium-sized exporters is now available also in Turkish

Some years ago the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published  a guide on Intellectual Property for small and medium-sized exporters. This guide was available in English, French and Spanish, as you can see here.

Given the relevance of this practical guide, the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ICI), with the support of WIPO, has translated and customised it to Turkish. To read it, click here.

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