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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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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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.
You want to commercialise your products with the support of external business partners? The story of this Italian SME, Celegon Srl, teaches us how crucial it is to take confidentiality measures and IP protection into consideration before entering into any business partnership.
Gathering evidence is an essential part of the enforcement process and IP owners must be aware of the different methods available and how the applicable laws assist them in this matter.
This Fact Sheet illustrates the importance of collecting evidence for the purposes of enforcing IP rights while providing an overview on the EU legislation which regulates collection of evidence, together with the most relevant and well-known methods and other important factors to take into account.
The following are a selection of our top 15 downloaded Fact Sheets that are now available in five EU languages:
German (DE), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT) and Polish (PL).
- Fact Sheet on "Plant variety protection", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Collection of evidence", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "How to define and manage background in Horizon 2020", available here
- Fact Sheet on "IP enforcement: asserting your rights", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Design searching", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "The plan for the exploitation and dissemination of results in Horizon 2020", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "IP management in MSC Actions", available here in DE, ES, FR and PL for H2020 projects, and here in IT and PL for FP7 projects.
- Fact Sheet on "Domain names and cybersquatting", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Copyright essentials", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Trade secrets: An efficient tool for competitiveness", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property management at trade fairs", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "IP Audit: Uncovering the potential of your business", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Non-disclosure agreement: a business tool", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation", available here.
- Fact Sheet on "Technology Licensing-in", available here.
This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and agribusiness, focusing on topics under current debate.
Jean-Luc Gal introduces this issue with the Notice issued by the European Commission on the Biotech Directive and the subsequent developments. The European Seed Association (ESA) explains the interface between patents and plant variety rights (PVR) which led to the creation of the PINTO database.
The CPVO provides an overview on the administrative arrangement for a bilateral cooperation between the EPO and the CPVO, while EPO speaks about patentable inventions relating to plants and animals. Juan Antonio Vives-Vallés, Assistant Lecturer at the University of the Balearic Islands, focuses on the balance between IP systems and the future of crop innovation in Europe in the light of the new breeding techniques.
In this issue 4iPCouncil has interviewed the CEO of Vitirover, an SME that has used IP to protect its sustainable and efficient invention in the field of agribusiness. Philipp von Kapff and the CPVO have contributed a joint article on the interface between trade marks and variety denominations, and Massimo Vittori, Managing Director of oriGIn, writes about geographical indications and sustainability.
In addition, Marco Musumeci, from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), focuses on counterfeiting and food frauds, while Philippe de Jong and Elena Bertolotto, from the Altius law firm, explain to us the first compulsory licence case before the CPVO, posing the question on how to strike the balance between PVR and the public interest.
Finally, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) presents to us their new electronic application system, UPOV PRISMA, and the International Seed Federation provides us with their position paper on illegal seed practices.
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 agribusiness quiz and our usual patent quiz.
The finalists and lifetime achievement winner of the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 were annunced yesterday, 8 October 2018.
These awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders. There are three categories: Industry; Small and Emerging Companies and Lifetime Achievement.
The winner of the DesignEuropa Lifetime Achievement Award is Hartmut Esslinger, a German industrial designer.
The winners of the Industry and Small and Emerging Companies categories will be announced on 27 November, at the DesignEuropa Awards ceremony in Warsaw.
Find out more and see all the finalists' designs here.
The 2018 publication of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) series of guides on IP for business focuses on patents.
Patents are a crucial tool to enable a company to draw maximum benefit from new technological ideas.
Download the publication here.