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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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Consumers' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) on Copyright

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory), has recently published the Summary Report: Consumers’ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Copyright.  28 national copyright experts, in coordination with the competent authorities in the respective Member State, provided answers to the 15 FAQs. The Summary Report provides a horizontal synthesis of these answers, and highlights relevant differences between national laws.

The 15 questions are phrased from the consumer’s perspective and the answers provide consumer-friendly information about what is legal and what is not as far as the usage of copyright and related rights-protected content on the internet is concerned. Indeed, they address practical issues concerning copyright that average internet users may face when they want to use works protected by copyright made available online, or when they become creators themselves.

The FAQs and the answers for all twenty-eight EU Member States are available on the Observatory’s website. The respective status date of the answers is indicated for each country.

The Summary Report can be consulted here.

European Commission report on software patentability

The European Commission (EC) has published a report on “The trends and current practices in the area of patentability of computer implemented inventions within the EU and the U.S.”, which aims at providing a deeper understanding of patent protection for software, in particular in relation to Cloud Computing, in the European Union as compared to the United States.

Further information and the full text of the report are available here

Cloud Number Nine: free and open source software

The business opportunities offered by the Internet and IT in general are immense. Some of the most successful computer and internet-based businesses started with simple ideas and very low economic investment thanks to the possibilities offered by free and open source software.

This is exactly how it started for Cloud Number Nine, whose business story is explained in this new case study. With a simple and yet innovative idea, the founders of Cloud Number Nine have created a profitable business and changed the lives of many internet music service users.

In this case study you will discover the key element that made it possible for Cloud Number Nine to start a promising business.

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agorateka: Find creative content legally online in your country!

agorateka is a new online portal that helps consumers find legal digital content, such as music, films and TV, e-books and video games, from various European Union countries.

This Pan-European portal, supported by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, has been created as a single access point to other EU sites that gather genuine content sources.

agorateka currently has information on France, Latvia, Portugal and the United Kingdom, with more countries set to join from next year.

Further information is available here.

 

The European Commission’s proposals on the modernisation of EU copyright rules

As a part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission has proposed modern EU copyright rules for European culture to flourish and circulate.

The new proposals are believed to bring novel innovation tools for education, research and cultural heritage institutions by setting up clearer rules especially on online contents and services.

The Commission has adopted three proposals:

  • Better choice and access to content online and across borders
  • Improved copyright rules on education, research, cultural heritage and inclusion of disabled people
  • A fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators, the creative industries and the press

For more information, please click here to access the Commission’s press release.

 

UK online copyright infringement down as people turn to streaming

The Online Copyright Infringement Tracker, a new research commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), shows a fall in online infringement and steep rise in consumer use of streaming.

The study has shown that over half (52%) of internet users consuming content online now use streaming services, while downloading content is becoming comparatively less popular (39%).

The rise of streaming has coincided with a small but significant drop in online copyright infringement. For the first time, those consuming content from exclusively legal sources has risen to 44%, a 3% increase since the end of 2015.

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

Anti-Counterfeiting Platform wins Global Award

Awardwinning anti-counterfeiting technology: On June 8, the winners of the 18th annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards, sponsored by Managing Intellectual Property and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network, were announced at the Paris Museum of Counterfeiting. The inaugural prize has been awarded to Custodian Solutions for having developed the “most successful new platform for anti-counterfeiting evidence capture, management and enforcement”. This is the first ever award in the technology category.

"Custodian is delighted and honoured to receive this recognition for its work in devising a ground-breaking technology to secure, capture and analyse anti-counterfeiting evidence from acquisition to litigation", said Joel Stobart, CTO of Custodian Solutions.

Check out the complete press release for more details and statistics.