IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are one of the main investment policy tools of the European Union to support economic and social growth within Europe.

Research and innovation projects funded under ESI Funds entail the creation and use of intellectual assets, which attribute an indispensable role to intellectual property (IP) in the whole project management process.

Our latest fact sheet on IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds underlines the importance of IP in ESI Funds and aims to provide guidance on the IP issues that may arise during the project life cycle.

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TAPOINTEL: Managing innovation in an SME

Every day there are many good ideas and research results that are put aside due to inappropriate innovation strategies.

This case study, based on the direct experience of Tapointel S.L., demonstrates how an SME can succeed in managing innovation and setting up an effective patent application strategy with the support of a European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador.


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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

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

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new IP commercialisation crossword.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (19)

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

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to industrial designs - industrial design protection, where and how to search registered designs, new design innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020.

Read also our interview with a young Luxembourgish designer and see her vision on Intellectual Property and design protection.  

Trade fairs - our Bulletin features an article giving practical recommendations on how to minimise the risk of infringement when exhibiting new, innovative products and services.

Article of Professor Thomas Gergen explains the advantages and risks in mediation procedures, as possible alternative to solve intellectual property disputes.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new design crossword.

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New Online Training Modules Available!

In order to sweeten these difficult home office times, we doubled all IP training web sessions of the first half of 2020 and added new topics to the curriculum which we have been asked for by our users.

All our additional webinars can be found in our events section as usual. For a quick overview, these are our "newcomers":

Webinar: IPR & Software

Society today relies on technology for work and play more than at any time before – it is everywhere: art and design, social contact, engineering, medicine, finance, energy generation, travel and retail. But, the technology on its own is not enough, it depends on software to hold it all together and make it work; from computer aided design, to control systems for global communications or power distribution networks, to smart cities and the Internet of Things, as well as the myriad of Apps on our mobile phones – software is the essential “glue”, which allows us to do anything, anywhere and on any device.

Webinar: IP Management and Digitalisation

Modern IP-Management is the key success factor to create and protect new business models in digitalisation. Here, an understanding of the practical use of intellectual property (IP) in concrete business models is crucial. Understanding this the development of a new IP Strategy or the Valuation of existing IP becomes feasible for SMEs.

BRAND-NEW! COVID-19 Special! Webinar: IP in Biotechnology

Especially targeting those among you who are involved in the current tackling of COVID-19 this webinar will also focus on recent examples of successfully implemented IP strategies in the field of biotechnology as well as on potential short-cut avenues of admission which can be of use during these fast-moving times!

Webinar: IP Management in ICT Projects

In today’s digitally enabled world, ICT is like electricity; it is all pervasive and essential for us all! It underpins critical infrastructures and applications, whatever the sector, from life sciences to arts & humanities, to finance and engineering. All H2020 and other EC funded projects, whether they are addressing societal challenges, industry competitiveness or excellent science, are likely to use or develop ICT in some form.

In summary, these are all our additional dates:

Thursday, 09.04.2020

EXTRA Webinar: Impact and Innovation in Horizon 2020 – a Guide for Proposers

Wednesday, 15.04.2020

Webinar: The Importance of IP for SMEs

Thursday, 16.04.2020

EXTRA Webinar: Maximising the Impact of Horizon 2020 Project Results

Thursday, 23.04.2020

EXTRA! Webinar: IP and Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, 29.04.2020

NEW NEW NEW! Webinar: IPR & Software

Thursday, 30.04.2020

UPDATE! Webinar: Freedom to Operate

Wednesday, 06.05.2020

Webinar: Effective IP and Outreach Strategies Help Increase the Impact of Research and Innovation

Thursday, 07.05.2020

NEW NEW NEW! Webinar: IP Management and Digitalization

Thursday, 14.05.2020

BRAND-NEW! COVID-19 Special! Webinar: IP in Biotechnology

Wednesday, 03.06.2020

NEW NEW NEW! Webinar: IP Management in ICT projects

 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you at one or all our upcoming online IP training sessions! :)

Kind regards and stay healthy!

The European IP Helpdesk Team

Bringing Powder to the People. The Strong IP Strategy of an Innovative Start-up in the Snowboarding Industry

The present case study traces the journey of ALLWINTER Ltd., a young, visionary company active in the fast-growing snowboarding industry aiming to expand their business and build up a strong IP portfolio. You will learn more about the different Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) attached to marketing new products in this field, and which steps need to be taken especially with regard to patenting. Apart from this, the ALLWINTER story is also a best practice example of the successful and beneficial collaboration between a start-up and an IP firm, in this case the Cambridge-based company Basck.

New Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market

On 15 April 2019, the European Council approved the Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market. This Directive intends to make EU copyright rules fit for the digital age. Unlike regulations, the Directive is not directly applicable and will require the transposition into the national legal systems of each member state.

The digital age has transformed the way in which researchers carry out their work, how we conceive business and share knowledge and information. Current copyright rules are not adapted to the growing digital landscape – a fact which made it necessary to bring these rules up to speed and offer an appropriate regulatory framework that encourages creative work and innovation while striking the balance with freedom of expression and the need to promote research, education, access to information and cultural heritage.

In this fact sheet we provide you with an overview of the most important changes and legal implications, and take a look at the next steps.

Plant variety protection

Plant breeding is protracted and expensive and the resulting plant varieties can be easily and quickly reproduced by others by means of simple multiplication of plant material. Therefore, in order to reap the benefits of their scientific efforts and the related economic investment, plant breeders can opt for IP protection on their products.

This Fact Sheet aims at illustrating the importance of plant variety protection by providing an overview of the plant variety right system and focusing on the protection at EU level.