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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Technology Licensing-in

Successful industries survive on continuous innovation, bringing to the market new products and services by developing or acquiring cutting-edge technology. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

This fact sheet analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing-in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

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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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Intellectual Property and Youth Scoreboard 2019: EUIPO Releases New Study

The 2019 Intellectual Property and Youth Scoreboard launched by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and released last week shows that 51% of 15 to 24 year olds in Europe say they have not used, played, downloaded or streamed content from illegal sourcesin the last 12 months. The last such study conducted by the EUIPO, in 2016, showed that only 40% of young people avoided using illegal sources of digital content.

The survey also shows a decrease in the percentage of young people who intentionally use illegal sources of digital content, such as music, films, series and games: 21% in 2019 compared to 25% in 2016.
 

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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.

Translations of our Fact Sheets

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.

The European Union joins the Marrakesh Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty eases the creation and transfer across national boundaries of texts specially adapted for use by visually impaired people.

As from 1 January 2019 the European Union will effectively become a party to WIPO's Marrakesh Treaty which was ratified last week, on 1 October.

It is a major advancement for visually impaired people in the EU and the organisations serving their needs as they will be allowed to enjoy books and other print material in accessible formats with third countries that are also parties to the treaty.

Find out more here as well as on WIPO's website here.

 

 

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Position of the European Parliament on digital copyright rules

On 12 September 2018, the European Parliament (EP) adopted amendments to the European Commission’s draft EU Copyright Directive.

  • Tech giants must pay for work of artists and journalists which they use.
  • Small and micro platforms are excluded from the scope of the directive.
  • Merely sharing hyperlinks to articles, together with “individual words” to describe them, will be free of copyright constraints.
  • Journalists must get a share of any copyright-related remuneration obtained by their publishing house.
Find further information here.

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Geoblocking Regulation: Open Call for Proposal

The Geoblocking Regulation (EU 2018/302), adopted in February 2018, addresses unjustified geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market. 

As part of its obligations under the Regulation, the European Commission has recently launched a call for proposals to contribute to its assessment as to whether the scope of the Geoblocking Regulation needs to be extended to audiovisual and non-audiovisual services giving access to copyright-protected content. 

Check out the conditions to participate here

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IP and BREXIT: The facts

The UK government has given further reassurances to business that EU intellectual property rights will continue to be protected in the UK after Brexit.

On 12 July 2018 the UK government published a White Paper on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, setting out an important vision for elements of the future relationship between the UK and EU on IP.

Find all the information and updates on Brexit and IP on the UK IP Office's website here and share with them your views on the topic.