Article on Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) has realised an article on “Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency” written by the former LESI President Kevin Nachtrab.

The article deals with patent licenses from private international law aspect and discusses the two different regimes of cross-border insolvency proceedings under UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and European Council's related Regulation by giving concrete examples.

Please click here to read the full article.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (18)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

This Bulletin issue firstly presents Intellectual Property as an economic value for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by introducing the IPR Business Insight. Reading this issue, you will also discover that companies which own intellectual property are more successful on the market and that different motives behind patenting exist depending on the size of the enterprise.

Thinking on the growing importance of the Internet as a business tool for SMEs, the Bulletin features an article on hyperlinking giving practical recommendations on how to avoid IPR infringement. Regarding the EU funded projects, this issue offers an interesting article on the applicability of the Horizon 2020 IP rules in Eurostars.

Furthermore, OHIM introduces the Harmonised Database and its advantages for trade mark applicants when building their list of goods and services.

As always, the issue reports information about training and events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a brand new trade mark crossword for those who enjoy challenges.

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National collection of the UK now available in PATENTSCOPE

PATENTSCOPE is a WIPO global database providing access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices.

Over 2,8 millions of records of the national patent collection of the United Kingdom, dating from as far back as 1782, have just been added in PATENTSCOPE, and thus they are now searchable in the tool.

Further information is available here.


A new online platform on renewable energy innovation

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in co-operation with the EPO and the International Electrotechnical Commission have launched a new online platform giving access to the world's largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patent documents. Also known as INSPIRE, the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform is the first and most complete solution of its kind. Indeed, the patents section contains information on over two million patent documents relating to carbon mitigation technologies from PATSTAT - a patent statistics database and Espacenet - a public online patent search tool. The standards section enables users to search through a database of more than 400 internationally used standards and explains what standards are, how they can be used and why they are important.  

You can read more and access the INSPIRE platform here.


The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and IP is launched

Ideas Powered, an initiative of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), has launched its website on, the first EU-wide interactive website on intellectual property for young people.

With animated and clear outlook, the website aims to create primary awareness on IP and IP counterfeiting issues for youngsters by providing them accurate information and by seeking young Europeans' active contribution with social media channels, blogs and even with competitions.

To access the press release of the OHIM on this news, please click here.

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2016 are now open

Just after a few weeks following to the glamorous European Inventor Award 2015 Ceremony, European Patent Office (EPO) has started next year’s award marathon by opening the nominations for 2016. Rewarding the outstanding inventors from around the world; people from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public can nominate themselves or put forward a nominee for the following categories:

  • Industry: for outstanding and successful technologies patented by large European companies
  • SMEs: for exceptional inventions at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Research: for pioneering inventors working at universities or research institutes
  • Lifetime Achievement: honouring the long-term contribution of an individual European inventor
  • Non-European Countries: for all inventors who are not European nationals but have been granted a European patent

The deadline for submissions is 14 October 2015.

More information is available here.

German Patent and Trade Mark Office joins Global Patent Prosecution Highway

On the 6th of July, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot, a multilateral pilot programme in which all national and regional patent offices can take part.

The PPH serves to accelerate processing of patent applications through the exchange and mutual use of work products beyond country borders. Within the framework of the Global PPH, applicants have the opportunity to file a request for accelerated examination based on a work product of a participating office involved in the Global PPH. As a consequence, the applicants benefit from the sharing of work results among the offices.

Through the DPMA's joining the Global PPH, there are 21 patent authorities involved in the pilot.

Further information is available here.


Inventive step criterion for patenting

The International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Intellectual Property has published a paper about the inventive step criterion for patenting. The report includes case studies illustrating how Intellectual Property Offices apply the inventive step criterion when assessing patentability. It also summarises the definitions of inventive step and non-obviousness and highlights the principles underlying their assessment.  

The full text of the document is available here.


Unitary Patent renewal fees

The European Patent Office (EPO) has decided to adopt the “True Top 4” proposal for fees covering the territory of the participating 25 EU Member States and corresponding to the total sum of the renewal fees currently paid for the four most frequently validated countries (Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands). The situation of SMEs has been taken into consideration. The proposal contains a clause for possible revision after four years.

More information is available on the EPO website.


European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (17)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

In this issue we start by providing you with some new important aspects under Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.            

This Bulletin then brings you useful information related to counterfeiting and IP enforcement in Europe, including the advantages of the IP customs action as an effective tool against counterfeiting and Effective Dispute Resolution, a tool guiding the parties of a proceeding before the OHIM’s Board of Appeals in the resolution of their disputes.

You will also discover the importance of developing an IP protection strategy at the earlier stage of the conception of business models, as well as the functioning of WIPO Translate, a useful tool developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

As always, we also bring you a little patent quiz and information about training and events. In addition, this issue also has some fresh news on the Helpline service.

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