A taste of Vienna in Malta

Starting a business where you can add your personal touch can be a very creative and rewarding experience. However, apart from being creative, one needs to be careful not to infringe others' intellectual property rights when choosing a trade name or a trade mark to identify oneself in the market.

For "A taste of Vienna", a Maltese bakery, obtaining legal advice before selecting its trade mark made its business experience even sweeter. We tell you everything in this new case study. 

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Olive oil produced in Jaén goes abroad!

In the new world of international alliances and networks, in order to sustain competitiveness in the global market companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

If a company wants to enter new foreign markets, its business and intellectual property (IP) strategy should be shaped in a flexible way, allowing adaptation to new business and competition environments.

This case study, based on the real experience of Castillo de Canena, aims to show you how to deal with IP matters, and in particular trade marks, in the internationalisation process and describes the main steps to be taken when entering foreign markets.

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Lambrusco: Protecting and enforcing a GI for wine products

Like most unique food and wine products whose quality and reputation are strictly linked to their geographical origin, Lambrusco, maybe the most famous sparkling red wine in the world, is protected at European Union level by several geographical indications.

Geographical indications (GIs) are valuable intangible assets and their protection and enforcement constitute a crucial step to retain the related competitive advantage.

This case study, based on the direct experience of the Consorzio Tutela del Lambrusco di Modena, demonstrates how GIs can be successfully enforced in the European Union against conflicting trade mark applications.

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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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EUIPO Legislative Reform workshop


The EUIPO has organised a series of workshops on the legislative changes under the EU Trade Mark Regulation. The workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn about the changes coming into force on 1 October 2017 as a result of the new Implementing and Delegated Regulations. You will get first-hand practical information from IP experts on practice changes and their impact.

The workshop will last for half a day and will cover the following topics, presented by EUIPO experts:

Wed, 10/11/2017

New EU trade mark regulation soon to enter fully into force

The new EU Trade Mark Regulation (EUTMR) will enter fully into force next October 1, together with the Implementing Regulation and the Delegated Regulation. 

This new legislative framework brings us some relevant changes, such as new categories of trade marks and new rules. To make this transition smoothier and for everybody to remember the key elements of the new regime, EUIPO has prepared this comprehensive 3.30 minute video that you cannot miss.


Colombia joins TMview

As of 19 June 2017, the Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool.

With Colombia on board, TMview now contains data from 58 offices, and with the addition of almost 700,000 trade marks from Colombia, TMview now provides information and access to more than 43.8 million trade marks in total.

Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010 the tool has served almost 31.3 million searches from 157 different countries, with visitors from Spain, Germany and Italy among the most frequent users.

Find out more here.


INTA study on how companies are using the New gTLD Program

At the beginning of this year INTA commissioned a survey to determine the impact that the New gTLD Program has had on companies' enforcement costs. 

While the goal of the New gTLD Program was to enhance competition and consumer choice, the study showed that most trade mark owners are purchasing new gTLDs to prevent infringement. 

Find out more about INTA's conclusions and its survey report here

Aquafragma: Building up a successful patenting strategy for an EU-funded project

In this new case study, Dion Toumazis & Associates, a consultancy firm of architects and engineers from Cyprus, tells us about its project: Aquafragma. The case study explains how the company got inspired for developing the project and how its IP strategy was shaped with the help of the Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk.