Through a single patent grant procedure, you can obtain a bundle of national patents in more than 35 European countries. Get an idea on how the European Patent works by taking a look at this IPR Chart.
Each section of this Guide is dedicated to one specific IP right. Have a look at this Guide to find out the answers to some of the main IP issues often faced by SMEs.
Check EPO's website to be up to date on their upcoming webinars and events!
You can search for details of EPO events on the patent event search area, here.
As an example, on 18th of April EPO is organising a free-of-charge webinar about "business use of patent information". For further information and to register visit EPO's website, here.
The European Patent Office (EPO) has published its yearly report for 2017, where the EPO achieved its best results ever in terms of production, productivity, timeliness and quality.
Get acquainted with the figures and more here.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a new report on "Trade in counterfeit goods and free trade zones".
This research complements a 2016 study from EUIPO and the OECD which estimated the value of counterfeit products to be 2.5% of world trade – up to EUR 338 billion.
There are over 3,500 free trade zones in the world. Free trade zones are special economic areas which are often, but not always, set up around ports. Taken together, free trade zones employ 66 million people and generate over EUR 365 billion (USD 500 billion) in direct trade-related added value.
An extra free trade zone within an economy increases the value of counterfeit goods exported from that country by 5.9%.
The full study in English and the Executive Summaries in the 23 language versions can be found here on EUIPO's Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights webpage.
The Intellectual Property Office (Belgium) (OPRI) has notified the International Bureau (IB) that, with effect from 1 April 2018, it will cease to act as a receiving Office under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
As from that date, it will therefore, in principle, no longer be possible to file PCT applications with the Belgian Office.
Find furter information on WIPO's website, here.
Whether you are a coffee or a tea lover this new Case Study will surely interest you. It tells the story of how two Spanish entrepreneurs effectively protected and managed their IP rights and IP strategy thanks to the services provided free of charge by IVACE (a Spanish institute of business competitiveness, member of the Enterprise Europe Network).
Find out more about the portable capsule coffeemaker and how they have protected it in this Case Study.
The European Patent Office and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) have confirmed that Brexit will have no consequence on UK membership of the European Patent Organisation, nor on the effect of European patents in the UK. Accordingly, European patent attorneys based in the UK will continue to be able to represent applicants before the EPO.
Find out more here.
This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and research focusing on the crucial role played by IP in the context of research activities and how IP is managed by research institutions.
WIPO introduces us to institutional intellectual property policies and explains how it can assist on this matter.
OpenAIRE talks about open access and the different ways to make research results freely available under this practice while, Dr Dragan Indjin, a COST Action Chair and Grant Holder, shares with us his sucess story and his experience in this field.
Dr Claudia Tapia, from 4iPCouncil, explains how to collaborate in research projects while keeping IP business protected and, the European champion - TECNALIA, a Spanish research and technological development centre, describes to us its experience in IP management in the context of research projects.
Then, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) summarises the initiatives and programmes the FNR provides for research projects.
As a closure to these articles and interviews, Professor Jennifer Littlechild, coordinator of the ERA-net project THERMOGENE, tells us in an interview about her experience in research projects and the importance of IP and IP management for their success.
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. This time, you will also find a short article regarding the Autumn Meeting for the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassadors, as well as our brand-new IP and research multiple choice test and our usual patent quiz.
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