EuKTS certification for knowledge transfer professionals

The European Knowledge and Technology Transfer Society (EuKTS) has launched its certification programme aiming to raise the standard and recognition of knowledge transfer professionals throughout their career.


  • you are active in the field of knowledge and technology transfer,
  • you are looking for a high level standard of your professional skills, irrespective of the industry, the public or private sector or the country of your practice,
  • you would like an international recognition to boost your career and mobility,

then EuKTS is expecting your applications for certification.

EuKTS offers you the highest certification standards based on an international framework and curriculum covering the different levels of your career.

The application is free of charge until the end of 2016.

For more information, please log on to the updated EUKTS website.




EuKTS Grandfathering Certification Programme

The European Knowledge and Technology Transfer Society (EuKTS) has just launched its Grandfathering Certification Programme aiming at raising the standard and recognition of Knowledge Transfer professionals throughout their career.

Therefore, if you are active in the field of knowledge and technology transfer, you are looking for a high level standard of your professional skills and you are willing to obtain an international recognition to boost your career and mobility, do not miss this opportunity by applying for a EUKTS Certification.

Further information along with the application form is available here.




Intellectual property rights of broadcasting organisations

WIPO has initiated discussions regarding a potential treaty protecting IPR of broadcasting organisations.

From 8 - 12 December, the WIPO Copyright Committee held their last meeting of 2014 on IPR-related topics, with positive outcomes. 

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) allocated an important amount of its schedule to a potential treaty protecting IP rights of broadcasting organisations.

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The growth of DesignView

The volume of design data available via the search tool DesignView has lately been significantly increased.

The members giving access to their specific design data include the following: the Austrian patent Office (ÖPA), the Spanish Patent and Trade Mark Office (OEPM), the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), the Mexican Institute of industrial Property (IMPI), the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC), the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of Russia (Rospatent).

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A segue to innovative workshops

The European Commission is creating an extensive list of economists, researchers and experts to jumpstart a series of workshops on major issues in relation to the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the European Union.

This initiative is moreover accentuated by Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of IPR as well as the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on trade secrets.

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Intellectual property management in open innovation

During recent decades, the R&D field has witnessed a rise in technological complexity. This entails the presence of a pool of intellectual property (IP) rights within the most advanced products and services. Also considering that the number of patent filings increases steadily, companies therefore have to rely on third party IP rights to innovate.
A natural outcome of this multi-invention background is the need for companies to cooperate with other research and technology development performers (RTDs) in order to produce innovative solutions.
This fact sheet aims to highlight the importance of the open innovation model as an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as for research and technology organisations (RTOs), and to highlight the issues to be taken into account for a proper management of IP when innovating through open approaches.
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MEPs secure deal to boost investment in the EU for projects that deliver intellectual property or research results

Economic and monetary affairs MEPs reached an agreement with the Council and the Commission on European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs).

These funds “should boost non-bank financing for projects that deliver infrastructure, intellectual property or research results which benefit the real economy and society.”

According to the European Parliament, ELTIFs will help pension funds, insurance companies, professional and retail investors to put money into projects.

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The IP Teaching Kit – a new and extensive collection of teaching materials from the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published a new product that builds directly on and extends the Patent Teaching Kit. Developed in co-operation with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the IP Teaching Kit is a much more extensive set of teaching materials that covers all kinds of intellectual property.

IP Basics, the first part of the kit, has just been released and provides the tools to give students from a whole range of different levels and backgrounds lectures and presentations on not only patents, copyright, trade marks and designs, but also smaller areas such as utility models and geographical indications.

The remaining two parts of the kit, IP Advanced and IP Search Tools, will be published in the coming months.

If you would like to learn more about IP Basics, visit the EPO website at, where you can download the kit in English, French or German.

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European IPR Helpdesk templates on NDAs and MoUs updated

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has updated its Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)  that can now be used independently of the kind of negotiations that you enter into, both in the context of EU-funded projects and for international partnerships.

In addition to that, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Horizon 2020 has been created. Alongside the one already available for FP7, the new document reflects the few changes brought by the new Horizon 2020 rules.

All these templates can be found and freely downloaded in the European IPR Helpdesk online library, under useful documents.

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IP Key’s EU-China Utility Model Systems Questionnaire Exchange

The “IP Key” project is the European Commission’s financial vehicle for the EU-China New Intellectual Property Cooperation, an agreement between the EU and China. IP Key is a three-year project, ending in 2016, implemented by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in partnership with the European Patent Office (EPO). Its aim is to facilitate development of an IP framework in China for EU businesses that is increasingly effective, fair, transparent, and otherwise based upon international best practices.

This activity aims to gather questions from European businesses, government bodies, and other European institutions on the workings of the Chinese utility model system. The purpose of this exchange is: (1) to provide European stakeholders clarity on the workings of China’s utility model system; (2) use this clarity to inform discussions on utility model patent quality; and (3) create an opportunity to let the Chinese government learn more about the utility model systems in Europe, and through this set the foundation for best-practices sharing at the SIPO-IP Key utility model patent seminar to be held in May 2014.

All questions will be collated and combined into one document, with askers’ names remaining anonymous, and sent by IP Key to SIPO (by early April 2014). SIPO’s answers, which IP Key will request to be as detailed as possible, will be returned to those participating in the questionnaire drafting (in late April 2014). Likewise, SIPO is compiling a questionnaire on the workings of the utility model systems in different EU Member States which will be answered and returned to SIPO.

To complete the questionnaire,please click here.  The deadline for submission is 18:00, 26th February.

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