European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

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

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new IP commercialisation crossword.

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Technology Licensing-in

Successful industries survive on continuous innovation, bringing to the market new products and services by developing or acquiring cutting-edge technology. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

This fact sheet analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing-in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (19)

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

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to industrial designs - industrial design protection, where and how to search registered designs, new design innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020.

Read also our interview with a young Luxembourgish designer and see her vision on Intellectual Property and design protection.  

Trade fairs - our Bulletin features an article giving practical recommendations on how to minimise the risk of infringement when exhibiting new, innovative products and services.

Article of Professor Thomas Gergen explains the advantages and risks in mediation procedures, as possible alternative to solve intellectual property disputes.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new design crossword.

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Geoblocking Regulation: Open Call for Proposal

The Geoblocking Regulation (EU 2018/302), adopted in February 2018, addresses unjustified geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market. 

As part of its obligations under the Regulation, the European Commission has recently launched a call for proposals to contribute to its assessment as to whether the scope of the Geoblocking Regulation needs to be extended to audiovisual and non-audiovisual services giving access to copyright-protected content. 

Check out the conditions to participate here

IP and BREXIT: The facts

The UK government has given further reassurances to business that EU intellectual property rights will continue to be protected in the UK after Brexit.

On 12 July 2018 the UK government published a White Paper on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, setting out an important vision for elements of the future relationship between the UK and EU on IP.

Find all the information and updates on Brexit and IP on the UK IP Office's website here and share with them your views on the topic.

CEIPI-ICTSD: IP and digital trade in the age of AI and big data

The Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) has published the fifth issue of the CEIPI-ICTSD publications series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the IP System.

This publication series provides high-quality academic and policy-oriented papers dealing with topics that are of global relevance due to their normative pre-eminence, economic relevance and socio-economic impact.

This fifth issue is dedicated to intellectual property and digital trade in the age of artificial intelligence and big data, and is divided into:

  • From digital trade to commercialisation and management of IP.
  • Regulating and using big data in the digital world.

Find further information and download the publication on CEIPI's website here.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (30)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP infringement and enforcement focusing on common IP infringements and the enforcement actions that are available to stop them.

WIPO introduces the topic of IP enforcement in the international context by building respect for IP. EUIPO speaks about the third edition of the Enforcement Database Forum and the upcoming IP Enforcement Portal, while Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General at EEIA and EMECA, develops the topic of IP protection at trade fairs and exhibitions through an infringement case which occurred at a German international exhibition.

In this issue we have interviewed a financial news website that explains to us how it was accused of filing its EUTM in bad faith. EPO tells us about the future of patent litigation in Europe with an article on the Unified Patent Court, and 4iP Council describes how to protect your IP rights from wilful infringement.

In addition, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. provides us with an interview on counterfeiting practices and its Plagiarius Prizes.

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, as well as a brand-new IP infringement and enforcement quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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Industry statement on the European Parliament’s report on “Copyright in the Digital Single Market”

DIGITALEUROPE and its national trade associations are of the opinion that the report disregards the realities and impact of digital platforms for businesses across Europe, and that this Directive will damage consumer trust by exacerbating divergent regulation among Member States and introducing more barriers – for SMEs in particular.

Read the full statement on  DIGITALEUROPE's website, here.

Further information on the European Parliament's website, here.

Winners of first EU Blockathon announced

The winners of EU Blockathon 2018, which took place from 22-25 June in Brussels, have been announced. The event was the first hackathon dedicated to developing blockchain-based solutions to fight against counterfeiting. 

The Blockathon aimed to explore the potential of blockchain technology to better protect supply chains from infiltration by counterfeit goods.

Find out more about the innovative technologies developed by the finalists and winners here

Memorandum of Understanding on online advertising and IPR

The European Commission has recently published a Memorandum of Understanding on online advertising and IPR, which is a voluntary agreement facilitated by the European Commission to limit advertising on websites and mobile applications that infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods.

To find out more, click here