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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IP in the Field of Renewable Energies

Renewable energy is energy from sources that do not diminish or that can be replenished. These are also referred to as “green” or “clean” energies, because the energy
production does not generate greenhouse emissions or air pollutants.

Renewable energies are increasingly displacing fossil fuels in the power sector. As this industry continues to evolve, we now have increasingly innovative and cheaper ways to capture and retain wind or solar energy. Hence, the importance of renewable energies constantly increases. In fact, in 2017, 17.5% of energy consumed in the EU stemmed from renewable energies with the target being to reach 20% by 2020.

This fact sheet intends to gives an overview (from a European perspective) of central IP questions relevant for this dynamic energy sector. Moreover, it will shine a light on aspects
related to Competition Law and the issue of State Aid. And finally, key EU funding initiatives and opportunities in this field will be highlighted.

IP Sounds Good to Me. How a Small Spanish Company Revolutionised the Classical Music Market

NewMusicNow was founded in 2013 with the aim of providing musicians with a tool that improves the efficiency of their work and the quality of their performances. Since then, the company has been working intensively on the development of a “page-less scrolling“ technology, which is an App available at the Apple App Store.

The story of the company began in late 2011 when a professional musician, a computer engineer and an expert in business management detected a couple of problems and disadvantages musicians were facing when using “traditional” music sheets.

In the course of six years NewMusicNow worked intensively on the development of a proprietary technology seeking to further position themselves in the field by participating
in national and international R&D projects, and developing an international business and intellectual property (IP) strategy.

Additionally, please watch the interview with Julián de Juan, IP Advisor for NewMusicNow.

EUIPO Observatory Publishes New Study on Online Copyright Infringement

This new report analyses consumption of copyright-infringing music, films and TV programmes in the 28 EU Member States. It does this on the basis of a rich set of data collected between January 2017 and September 2018, covering both fixed and mobile devices, as well as the main methods of access: streaming, downloading, torrenting and stream ripping.

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Intellectual Property and Youth Scoreboard 2019: EUIPO Releases New Study

The 2019 Intellectual Property and Youth Scoreboard launched by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and released last week shows that 51% of 15 to 24 year olds in Europe say they have not used, played, downloaded or streamed content from illegal sourcesin the last 12 months. The last such study conducted by the EUIPO, in 2016, showed that only 40% of young people avoided using illegal sources of digital content.

The survey also shows a decrease in the percentage of young people who intentionally use illegal sources of digital content, such as music, films, series and games: 21% in 2019 compared to 25% in 2016.
 

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New Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market

On 15 April 2019, the European Council approved the Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market. This Directive intends to make EU copyright rules fit for the digital age. Unlike regulations, the Directive is not directly applicable and will require the transposition into the national legal systems of each member state.

The digital age has transformed the way in which researchers carry out their work, how we conceive business and share knowledge and information. Current copyright rules are not adapted to the growing digital landscape – a fact which made it necessary to bring these rules up to speed and offer an appropriate regulatory framework that encourages creative work and innovation while striking the balance with freedom of expression and the need to promote research, education, access to information and cultural heritage.

In this fact sheet we provide you with an overview of the most important changes and legal implications, and take a look at the next steps.

Translations of our Fact Sheets

The following are a selection of our top 15 downloaded Fact Sheets that are now available in five EU languages:
German (DE), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT) and Polish (PL).

  • Fact Sheet on "Plant variety protection", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Collection of evidence", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "How to define and manage background in Horizon 2020", available here
  • Fact Sheet on "IP enforcement: asserting your rights", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Design searching", available here
  • Fact Sheet on "The plan for the exploitation and dissemination of results in Horizon 2020", available here
  • Fact Sheet on "IP management in MSC Actions", available here in DE, ES, FR and PL for H2020 projects, and here in IT and PL for FP7 projects. 
  • Fact Sheet on "Domain names and cybersquatting", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Copyright essentials", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Trade secrets: An efficient tool for competitiveness", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property management at trade fairs", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "IP Audit: Uncovering the potential of your business", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Non-disclosure agreement: a business tool", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Technology Licensing-in", available here.

The European Union joins the Marrakesh Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty eases the creation and transfer across national boundaries of texts specially adapted for use by visually impaired people.

As from 1 January 2019 the European Union will effectively become a party to WIPO's Marrakesh Treaty which was ratified last week, on 1 October.

It is a major advancement for visually impaired people in the EU and the organisations serving their needs as they will be allowed to enjoy books and other print material in accessible formats with third countries that are also parties to the treaty.

Find out more here as well as on WIPO's website here.

 

 

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