TAPOINTEL: Managing innovation in an SME

Every day there are many good ideas and research results that are put aside due to inappropriate innovation strategies.

This case study, based on the direct experience of Tapointel S.L., demonstrates how an SME can succeed in managing innovation and setting up an effective patent application strategy with the support of a European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador.


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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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Euro-PCT Guide: PCT procedure at the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published the Euro-PCT Guide, a guide for PCT applicants based on the information available as of 1 January 2018.  

The Euro-PCT Guide is of a summary nature. It gives an overview of the procedures under the PCT before the EPO, including entry into the European phase before the EPO as designated/elected Office.

For further information, click here.

European Inventor Award 2018 Popular Prize: vote now for your favourite inventor!

The European Patent Office (EPO) invites the public to vote for their favourite inventor or inventor team to receive the European Inventor Award 2018 Popular Prize. 

The European Inventor Award is presented annually by the EPO in recognition of exceptional inventors whose inventions have improved the lives of people around the world.

The online vote is open to everyone until 3 June and the winners will be announced by the EPO at the Award ceremony in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye on 7 June. 

To find out more about the finalists and to cast your vote, click here.

IP Researchers Europe Seminar (IPRE)

The School of Law of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), has announced the Call for Applications for the first IP Researchers Europe Seminar (IPRE), which will take place on Friday, 29 June, 2018 at WIPO.

IPRE is a forum to promote scholarly exchanges in the field of IP, to build the engagement between scholars and policy development, and to provide an opportunity for selected IP scholars to present and discuss their work-in-progress with IP experts and other IP researchers, with an emphasis on including European-based research of wider comparative and international interest.

If you are a researcher and you wish to present your works-in-progress at the IPRE, you are invited to submit your application by May 18, 2018. 

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WIPO: The World Intellectual Property Day 2018 celebrated women's accomplishments

Every 26th April we celebrate the World IP Day, an initiative of WIPO's member states to raise public awareness about the role of IP in daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe.

This year, the World IP Day campaign celebrated the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future. New WIPO figures show the highest-ever rate of women inventors, especially in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry fields, but a gender gap persists. 

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WIPO: World Intellectual Property Day

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.

Join the conversation using #worldipday and tell WIPO about the female inventors and creators who are empowering change near you!

Find further information on WIPO's website, here.

European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced

The 15 finalists of the European Inventor Award 2018, announced today by the EPO, have all made significant contributions to advancing technology, generating economic value and creating employment in Europe and throughout the world.

The finalists were selected from a pool of more than 500 individuals and teams of inventors. Their inventions cover a wide range of technological fields including:

  • biotechnology,
  • microchip lithography,
  • automotive,
  • toys and games,
  • medical imaging and technology,
  • renewable energy,
  • material sciences,
  • lasers and
  • electronics.

The finalists are divided into five categories, i.e. industry, research, non-EPO countries, SMEs and lifetime achievement.

The 2018 award ceremony will take place on June 7 in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The public is invited to take part in conferring one of the awards (the Popular Prize) which is chosen by online voting on the EPO website in the run-up to the ceremony.

Voting is open until 3 June 2018.

Find further information on EPO's website, here.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (29)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and fashion focusing on the crucial role played by IP in protecting the products of this creative and vibrant industry.

The European IPR Helpdesk presents, on an introductory article, the different IP tools available to protect fashion designs, while the next contribution by Matej Michalec, lawyer at V4 Legal in Bratislava, develops the topic of IP protection tools in the European Union for the fashion industry, highlighting the issue of design protection and its overlap with copyright.

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director at 4iP Council, gives some useful hints on how to protect inventions in the fashion field, revealing that patent protection of fashion items is far from being a recent topic.

Then, EUIPO provides an article on the increased prevalence of counterfeiting practices in this sector, and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) focuses on the rise of online counterfeiting in the sporting goods industry and the measures available to tackle this problem.

In addition, we have interviewed Claudia G., a Spanish fashion designer who provides us with an insight into the work of designers and how they address IP matters.

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 and fashion quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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