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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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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (26)

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 26 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been published and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to software and its importance for business.

An article from Teresa Gomez-Diaz, a Research Engineer at CNRS/LIGM, sets out the basics of software protection and the concept of free and open source software while the next article, by Stefano Gentile, Legal Officer of the European Commission's Central IP Service, focuses on the recently released version 1.2 of the European Union Licence.

Sigmar Lampe, Counsel IP and Licensing at the Université du Luxembourg, provides an overview of the general regime of software patentability in Europe.

In addition, an interview with Barker Brettell, a law firm based in the UK, will assist you in better understanding computer-implemented inventions in Europe and will provide you with some guidance on how software companies can best manage their software-related intellectual property rights. Furthermore, BMAT, a Spanish company operating in the music industry, shares with us its expertise in this field in an interview.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with the latest news from the Helpline service. This time you will also find a short article regarding the 2017 Campaign of the EU Open4Business series of events, as well as our brand new software crossword quiz and the usual patent quiz.

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Derivative Use of Public Domain Content - Film Industry Focus

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, has just published a report on the captioned topic, the derivate use of public domain content in the film industry.

The public domain is a legal concept that aims to enhance social benefits by allowing unrestricted access to and the transformation of previous creative works. This derivative usage of pre-existing content is regulated by copyright provisions.

The full text of the report and its executive summary are available on the EUIPO’s Observatory website, here.

 

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (25)

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 25 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been published and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to copyright and its importance for businesses.

An article from the European IPR Helpdesk explains the general framework of international copyright protection and a contribution from Mario Cistaro PhD, an intellectual property lawyer based in Rome, provides a general view of the copyright legal framework at the European Union level. 

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) provides an article summarising the conclusions of the 15 Frequently Asked Questions from consumers on copyright in a digital context formulated by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property.

In an interview with Marius Røe Nåvik, a professional violinist from Norway, we discuss some copyright issues often faced by performers.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with the latest news from the Helpline service. In addition, you will find the usual patent quiz and our brand new copyright true or false quiz.

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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.