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10.12.2018

EU certification marks relate to the guarantee of specific characteristics of certain products and/or services. This makes the EU certification mark a perfect tool for certification bodies, as it is an official indication that the goods and services bearing their certification mark comply with their identified (quality/technical) standards.

In our last case study, you will see how a German certification body, PGM, utilises the EU certification mark to certify the quality of drill bits all over the EU Member States.

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  • 29.04.2014

    This case study is an example of how the Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk can work together to help the internationalisation of an European SME.


  • 27.02.2014

    Ownership over intellectual property arising as a result of innovation is one of the most critical issues to resolve in the framework of collaborative projects, especially in cases where two or more partners generate results jointly. This case study sets out the likely actions to be undertaken in such a situation to avoid any drawbacks and for a proper management of jointly owned research results.


  • 20.12.2013

    The Creative Commons initiative is not incompatible with copyright and on the contrary is based on the existence of copyright protection, since it allows the work to be licensed to others interested in using the material. Take a look at this new case study to see how the use of Creative Commons’ licences can be beneficial for dissemination of project results, without undermining legal protection.


  • 17.12.2013

    This case study tells how an SME can succeed in filing patent applications with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network. Having proper competences and cooperating closely with international network partners, EEN representatives assist in developing the potential and innovative capacity of SMEs. EEN partners facilitate direct contact with university experts and patent agents. Such contacts are helpful in the development of new products which are the subject of patent applications filed by network clients.


  • 07.11.2013

    Spending time and a little money to better understand the value of IP is certainly beneficial to any enterprise. This could help them take proper actions to better exploit their intangible on the market and also avoid incurring higher costs arising from badly conceived business plans. The NaturallyUnlimited Ltd case study is a clear example of the importance for small businesses with limited financial capabilities of having professional support.


  • 28.06.2013

    Refraining from using an acronym similar to a registered trade mark for goods and/or services in the same area is important in R&D projects, particularly when consortium partners intend to commercially exploit a result or provide a service in the market under the acronym or name of the project.

    In this case study you can see the possible risks that consortium partners can face in these situations and, most importantly, how to avoid them.


  • 27.06.2013

    Are you a SME looking for some suggestions on how better shape an IP strategy for your company? The 2-level strategy highlighted in this new case study could be suitable for your enterprise as well, so have a look at it!


  • 07.03.2013

    This case study shows a good example of an SME that has developed efficient IP strategy and management practices. The case put forward the idea that the pre-condition for successfully carrying out business activities is not only based on the mere knowledge of IP but mainly on the will of the company to properly manage its intangible assets in order to reap the full benefits from it.


  • 19.12.2012

    IP rights are meant to provide companies with a solid foundation for their business success. Patent portfolios, in particular, can be an exceptional means to exploit innovation in the market place and establish business partnerships. This case study shows that even a small company with little money can succeed in a competitive market environment and win against bigger competitors if such a company can leverage its business value using patent rights. Furthermore, thanks to patents' strength and to their efficient management, investors are attracted by the perspective of long-term economic benefits deriving from a business that is IP-protected.


  • 19.12.2012

    Every day many good ideas and research results are wasted due to a wrong strategic innovation plan; writing a “good patent” does not necessarily mean that an idea is transformed into a “good business”. Before starting with a new technology development or a research project, both entrepreneurs and researchers should carefully develop knowledge of the state of the art using IP databases for verifying if the idea is really new and if there is any blocking patent contained in other similar technologies. This would prove to be beneficial from the business rollout up to the subsequent internationalisation, and the present case study draws attention to this process.