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.

 

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Vtree Energy: Building a solar future through intellectual property

Innovative products provide competitive advantage for their owners as long as proper intellectual property (IP) protection measures are taken. In order to ensure a product’s market success, and combat potential infringers successfully, it is necessary to take all characteristics of the product into account, and consider IP in a broader aspect.

This Case Study from Romania presents a real-life example on the significance of IP, when a company’s business strategy is based on new and innovative products or services.

 

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (29)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and fashion focusing on the crucial role played by IP in protecting the products of this creative and vibrant industry.

The European IPR Helpdesk presents, on an introductory article, the different IP tools available to protect fashion designs, while the next contribution by Matej Michalec, lawyer at V4 Legal in Bratislava, develops the topic of IP protection tools in the European Union for the fashion industry, highlighting the issue of design protection and its overlap with copyright.

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director at 4iP Council, gives some useful hints on how to protect inventions in the fashion field, revealing that patent protection of fashion items is far from being a recent topic.

Then, EUIPO provides an article on the increased prevalence of counterfeiting practices in this sector, and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) focuses on the rise of online counterfeiting in the sporting goods industry and the measures available to tackle this problem.

In addition, we have interviewed Claudia G., a Spanish fashion designer who provides us with an insight into the work of designers and how they address IP matters.

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, as well as a brand-new IP and fashion quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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Innovation Craft Company: Keeping the doors open for IP internationalisation

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.

 

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (28)

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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Guidance on IP Basics

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a guide for businesses setting out ways to successfully manage their intangible assets.

The guide explains:

  • the different types of IP
  • where they fit in a business
  • how to protect them
  • the ways IP can be used through licensing and franchising

You can find the guide here.

 

The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?

Tempted?

Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

 

Inspiring IP case studies from the United Kingdom

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published three case studies in its blog, revealing how IP plays a crucial role in the daily life of some of the UK's islands.

These inspirational short IP stories cover:

  • Harris Tweed, Britain’s oldest certification mark;  
  • Jersey Royal potatoes, renowned with their unique flavour, which are protected through a Certification Trade Mark and as an EU Protected Designation of Origin;
  • Tristan da Cunha lobster, an exclusive brand for fine dining.

Read the full stories here.

 

 

EUIPO report on the economic cost of IPR infringement in the smartphones industry

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, published today the latest sectoral study on the economic impact of IPR infringement in the marketplace. This 11th study is dedicated to findings on the smartphones sector.

The report analysed the number of smartphones sold in 90 countries in every region in the world, based on point-of-sale tracking of consumer purchases. According to the report, it is estimated that 184 million fewer smartphones were sold by the legitimate industry in 2015, due to the presence of counterfeit devices in the marketplace.

The report also estimates that 12.9% of legitimate sales of smartphones were lost in 2015 due to the presence of fake products in the worldwide market – equivalent to EUR 45.3 billion.

Please click here for the full report.

EUIPO's full series of sectoral studies on the economic cost of IPR infringement are available here.