European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (31)

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.

 

DesignEuropa Awards 2018: Finalists and lifetime achievement winner!

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.

 

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The Hague Member Profiles Database

On August 31, 2018 WIPO launched the all-new Hague Member Profiles Database for the Hague system. This e-service offers a portal to the practices and procedures of Hague System members around the world.

Choose from a wide range of data including:

  • Members that do not allow deferment of publication or those that allow it for a limited period
  • All the declarations made by each member
  • Information on each member’s examination procedures
  • Information on opposition procedures or responding to refusals
  • Contact information for each Office

Find further information and access the database, here.

 

Consultation: EUIPO and the fight against infringement of IPRs

The European Commission has launched a consultation to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on whether Regulation 386/2012 entrusting the EU Intellectual Property Office with new tasks has met its objective of facilitating and supporting the activities of national authorities, the private sector and EU institutions in the fight against infringements of intellectual property rights, in particular counterfeiting and piracy.

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation, which will be opened until 2 October 2018. 

You can contribute by filling in the online questionnaire, available in the 23 official EU languages here

 

Winners of first EU Blockathon announced

The winners of EU Blockathon 2018, which took place from 22-25 June in Brussels, have been announced. The event was the first hackathon dedicated to developing blockchain-based solutions to fight against counterfeiting. 

The Blockathon aimed to explore the potential of blockchain technology to better protect supply chains from infiltration by counterfeit goods.

Find out more about the innovative technologies developed by the finalists and winners here

 

IP enforcement: asserting your rights

Intellectual property (IP) can be protected by, among others, IP rights or titles, such as trade marks or patents. Such titles are usually thought to confer negative rights, which means the right to exclude others from using or commercialising, for example, an invention protected under a patent.

This process of not allowing others to use or commercialise protected IP is known as enforcement of rights, which can be done through civil, administrative and penal measures aimed at preventing the unauthorised use of intellectual property, sanctioning such use and providing remedies to right holders for the damage caused by such unauthorised use.

This Fact Sheet illustrates the importance of IP enforcement for businesses and research organisations while providing an overview of the main enforcement actions, together with the latest developments and initiatives of the European Commission in the field.

 

EC factsheet: Modern EU Copyright rules for European culture to flourish and circulate

The European Commission has recently published a factsheet summarising different aspects of the EU's current situation regarding copyright rules.

A variety of interesting facts are explained in this comprehensive document, including the need to reform EU copyright legislation and the evolution of the legislative process up to today. 

To find out more, click here

 

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