We are pleased to inform that the forth issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

This first number of 2012 features a brief analysis of the patent reform recently passed in the U.S. with the intention of pointing out whether the bill could be beneficial for small companies and individual inventors. The IP valuation will be the subject of a second article which endeavours to shed some light on brokers’ valuation methods for IP transactions. Other interesting matters covered in this issue are the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms in R&D Collaborations, as provided by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, a report on Marie Curie Fellows workshop together with an interview with one of its participants, and finally a helpline experience from one of our users. You will also find a new Espacenet Quiz and glossary as well as an update of our forthcoming webinars for the first quarter of 2012.

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