Call for application for membership for a group of experts on the licensing and valuation of standard essential patents (SEPs)

The European Commission has created the group of experts on licensing and valuation of standard essential patents (SEPs) as announced in its Communication of November 2017.

The Commission has now also opened the call for applications for members of the group.

Deadline to apply is 20 August 2018.

Find further information here.

Winners of first EU Blockathon announced

The winners of EU Blockathon 2018, which took place from 22-25 June in Brussels, have been announced. The event was the first hackathon dedicated to developing blockchain-based solutions to fight against counterfeiting. 

The Blockathon aimed to explore the potential of blockchain technology to better protect supply chains from infiltration by counterfeit goods.

Find out more about the innovative technologies developed by the finalists and winners here

IP enforcement: asserting your rights

Intellectual property (IP) can be protected by, among others, IP rights or titles, such as trade marks or patents. Such titles are usually thought to confer negative rights, which means the right to exclude others from using or commercialising, for example, an invention protected under a patent.

This process of not allowing others to use or commercialise protected IP is known as enforcement of rights, which can be done through civil, administrative and penal measures aimed at preventing the unauthorised use of intellectual property, sanctioning such use and providing remedies to right holders for the damage caused by such unauthorised use.

This Fact Sheet illustrates the importance of IP enforcement for businesses and research organisations while providing an overview of the main enforcement actions, together with the latest developments and initiatives of the European Commission in the field.

IP in Education — Education Council adopts conclusions on the future of European education

The Education Council, composed of the education ministers of the European Union, has recently adopted conclusions on moving towards a vision of a European education area as well as recommendations on lifelong learning. 

This far-reaching EU document, which sets out the roadmap for all Member States in its design of educational programmes, acknowledges the work of the IP in Education network managed by the EUIPO and recognises the efforts made by the Observatory's stakeholders and the work the Task Force. 

For further information, click here

Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules

The European Commission (EC) is proposing a targeted adjustment to IP rules to help Europe's pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing global markets and foster jobs, growth and investments in the EU.

The EC proposes a targeted amendment: the so-called 'export manufacturing waiver' to Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs). The waiver will support Europe's pioneering role in pharmaceutical research and development.

Thanks to the waiver:

  • in the future EU-based companies will be entitled to manufacture a generic or biosimilar version of an SPC-protected medicine during the term of the certificate, if done exclusively for the purpose of exporting to a non-EU market where protection has expired or never existed.
  • IP protection for medicine production in Europe will remain the strongest in the world. SPC-protected medicines will retain their full market exclusivity in the EU.

Read the full proposal and find further information here.

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. 

Find out more here