Olive oil produced in Jaén goes abroad!

In the new world of international alliances and networks, in order to sustain competitiveness in the global market companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

If a company wants to enter new foreign markets, its business and intellectual property (IP) strategy should be shaped in a flexible way, allowing adaptation to new business and competition environments.

This case study, based on the real experience of Castillo de Canena, aims to show you how to deal with IP matters, and in particular trade marks, in the internationalisation process and describes the main steps to be taken when entering foreign markets.

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Design Searching

Risks of investing in non-original design or filing an application for identical or confusingly similar design can be avoided or at least limited by performing design searching.

The European IPR Helpdesk's new fact sheet focusses on the main characteristics of design searching as a best practice allowing companies and designers to keep up with the latest market trends and look at designs that may impede the possibility to acquire protection or infringe the rights on their design creations.

The fact sheet includes the rationale of searching design information and practical hints on how and where searching for designs together with functionalities of some of the most commonly used design search databases.

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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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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.

WIPO World IP Indicators report 2017 is published

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report (WIPI) shows that global demand for IP tools reached record heights again in 2017. China leads the ranking in all main IP titles with 1.38 million patent, 5.7 million trade mark and nearly 630,000 design applications. 

When Europe is considered:

  • in patents, the European Patent Office takes the 5th place after China, US, Japan and Republic of Korea,
  • in trade marks, the European Patent Office is in the 4th place following China, US and Japan,
  • in designs, the European Union Intellectual Property Office is the runner-up after China.

For more information about the report, and all relevant statistical data, please consult the dedicated pages of the WIPO here.

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And the winners for the DesignEuropa Awards are…

Among the eight finalists representing the best of European industrial and product design, the winners of this year’s DesignEuropa Awards were announced in an exciting ceremony which took place in Warsaw.

The winners of the EUIPO's DesignEuropa Awards 2018 are:

  • The Small and Emerging Companies Award: Air.Go 2.0, an automatic bag drop system, owned by Marcus Pedersen ApS, designed by Sara Clement
  • The Industry Award: ARTIS pheno, a robotic C-arm angiography system from Siemens Healthcare GmbH, designed by Nadja Roth and Tobias Reese

In addition to the above two categories, the Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to the German designer, Hartmut Esslinger, as previously announced.

Organised by the EUIPO, the DesignEuropa Awards are aimed at rewarding excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, and contributing to the recognition of companies and designers that have brought outstanding designs to the market with the support and protection of the RCD.

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BREXIT: The finalised Withdrawal Agreement

The official draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU was released last week.

Regarding intellectual property (IP), as already foreseen in the no-deal scenario, EU IP rights will continue to be protected in the UK after Brexit.

Therefore, holders of IP rights which have been registered or granted before the end of the transition period will become the holder of a comparable UK right.

Find further information and read the Withdrawal Agreement here. The provisions regarding IP rights are covered under Title IV (Articles 54 to 61).

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WIPO: New interface for Hague E-filing released!

Since 19 November 2018 the old interface is no longer available.

The new Hague System E-Filing simplifies the filing and managing process of on-line international design applications. It is modern, accessible, and fast. It introduces modern features such as a an improved design, simpler application screen, and new payment methods.

More information on the revamped Hague E-Filing can be found here.

If you are looking to improve your knowledge on the Hague System, learn about its features and benefits, or want to know all about the latest changes to the international design system, register for the Hague System Seminar that will be held on 7 December at WIPO's premises in Geneva, Switzerland.

Find more information and register online here.

 

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San Marino becomes a member of the 1999 Act of the Hague System

On October 26 2018 the Republic of San Marino joined the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement for the international registration of designs.

The Hague Agreement governs the international registration of industrial designs. Instead of filing separate individual applications, the Hague System allows applicants to file a single design application in multiple countries or regions with minimal formalities.

For more information, please click here.

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