Brazil and EPO to enhance co-operation on patents

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing co-operation between the two offices, with a view to support innovation through the improved use of the patent system. Amongst other activities, the INPI and EPO will, under this agreement, exchange patent documents in Portuguese and English to create bilingual text corpora for use in the free Patent Translate service on the EPO's website. This will facilitate the filing of patent applications by Brazilian companies in Europe and by European companies in Brazil.

The partnership will focus on sharing best practices on patent grant procedures, on capacity-building, patent information and IT solutions, including e-Patentes, which is built on EPO technology.

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Patent information

INPI is organizing a workshop dedicated to patent information. In this event, participants will get familiar with the different IP databases available online, such as espacenet and OHIM’s tools.

The working language will be French.

For further information and registration, please click here.

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Inventor’s one-year grace period under the AIA has begun

Although the first-to-file provisions of section 3 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the recent US patent bill, do not take effect until March 16, 2013, last Friday marked a milestone leading up to that date. The consequence for anyone wishing to file a patent in the US Patent and Trade Mark Office is that if a third party now makes a disclosure, that will constitute prior art. This will constitute an impediment to claim your invention, because only the inventor’s own disclosures are not regarded as prior art.

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Raising IP Awareness at University to Convert Knowledge into Benefits

We are pleased to inform you that we are now ready to release a new series of publications concerning case studies. Generally, the case is considered as an instance of real-life context. Our case studies are brief exemplary or cautionary documents analysing a subject from which it is possible to stress successful or failure factors. Therefore, we will offer you the opportunity to come across some case studies presenting not only examples to follow but also mistakes to avoid, and from the reading of which you should be able to infer some useful and helpful conclusions.

The first case study has been produced in collaboration with Own-it, an IP service established within the University of the Arts London. Own-it's case has been selected as an instructive example of a first-line IP advice so as to highlight the importance of setting up an IP centre within academic institutions. This service's purpose is to confer a holistic approach to IP education and management, to convert knowledge into socio-economic benefits. This indeed matches the guidelines given by the European Commission in its “Recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities for universities and other public research organisations”.

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How to search for patent information

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has produced a fact sheet explaining how to carry out a patent search using one of the most used patent databases, Espacenet, which includes quick and advanced search options.

Conducting patent searches is very useful for several purposes, not only for organizations such as SMEs and universities, but also for researchers. However, in order to perform good and useful searches, it is essential to understand the structure of patent information, whatever form it can take (full text or bibliographic) as well as where and how to use the search tools available - elements that we will also present in this fact sheet.

The aim of this fact sheet is thus to introduce this complex tool to you, in a user-friendly fashion.

“Patents and clean energy: bridging the gap between evidence and policy” – the final report

The role of IPR, in particular patents, in the context of the climate change technologies has been a controversial issue with increasing visibility. Even though the debate over this issue has been in the IP arena from some time now and research in this field has increased in the last years, there was not enough impartial data on the role of patents in the development of climate change technologies which could be used by stakeholders. Therefore, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) started in 2009 a joint study on this issue, which has now been published. The final report is available on the EPO's website.