IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are one of the main investment policy tools of the European Union to support economic and social growth within Europe.

Research and innovation projects funded under ESI Funds entail the creation and use of intellectual assets, which attribute an indispensable role to intellectual property (IP) in the whole project management process.

Our latest fact sheet on IP Management in European Structural and Investment Funds underlines the importance of IP in ESI Funds and aims to provide guidance on the IP issues that may arise during the project life cycle.

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Transferring projects results to a new entity

“Nemo dat quod non habet” – “no one gives what he doesn't have”.

APEx was a CIP-ICT-PSP project under which national archival institutions from 33 European countries and the International Centre for Archival Research have released a new version of the Internet portal for documents and archives in Europe.The APEx consortium partners decided to transfer the results developed to a new entity – the Archives Portal Europe Foundation (APEF). A number of questions needed clarification and a common understanding among partners before the transfer occurs – the identification of the results and their respective owners.

This case study is an example of exploitation of project outcomes through the creation of a new legal entity.

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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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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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New Online Training Modules Available!

In order to sweeten these difficult home office times, we doubled all IP training web sessions of the first half of 2020 and added new topics to the curriculum which we have been asked for by our users.

All our additional webinars can be found in our events section as usual. For a quick overview, these are our "newcomers":

Webinar: IPR & Software

Society today relies on technology for work and play more than at any time before – it is everywhere: art and design, social contact, engineering, medicine, finance, energy generation, travel and retail. But, the technology on its own is not enough, it depends on software to hold it all together and make it work; from computer aided design, to control systems for global communications or power distribution networks, to smart cities and the Internet of Things, as well as the myriad of Apps on our mobile phones – software is the essential “glue”, which allows us to do anything, anywhere and on any device.

Webinar: IP Management and Digitalisation

Modern IP-Management is the key success factor to create and protect new business models in digitalisation. Here, an understanding of the practical use of intellectual property (IP) in concrete business models is crucial. Understanding this the development of a new IP Strategy or the Valuation of existing IP becomes feasible for SMEs.

BRAND-NEW! COVID-19 Special! Webinar: IP in Biotechnology

Especially targeting those among you who are involved in the current tackling of COVID-19 this webinar will also focus on recent examples of successfully implemented IP strategies in the field of biotechnology as well as on potential short-cut avenues of admission which can be of use during these fast-moving times!

Webinar: IP Management in ICT Projects

In today’s digitally enabled world, ICT is like electricity; it is all pervasive and essential for us all! It underpins critical infrastructures and applications, whatever the sector, from life sciences to arts & humanities, to finance and engineering. All H2020 and other EC funded projects, whether they are addressing societal challenges, industry competitiveness or excellent science, are likely to use or develop ICT in some form.

In summary, these are all our additional dates:

Thursday, 09.04.2020

EXTRA Webinar: Impact and Innovation in Horizon 2020 – a Guide for Proposers

Wednesday, 15.04.2020

Webinar: The Importance of IP for SMEs

Thursday, 16.04.2020

EXTRA Webinar: Maximising the Impact of Horizon 2020 Project Results

Thursday, 23.04.2020

EXTRA! Webinar: IP and Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, 29.04.2020

NEW NEW NEW! Webinar: IPR & Software

Thursday, 30.04.2020

UPDATE! Webinar: Freedom to Operate

Wednesday, 06.05.2020

Webinar: Effective IP and Outreach Strategies Help Increase the Impact of Research and Innovation

Thursday, 07.05.2020

NEW NEW NEW! Webinar: IP Management and Digitalization

Thursday, 14.05.2020

BRAND-NEW! COVID-19 Special! Webinar: IP in Biotechnology

Wednesday, 03.06.2020

NEW NEW NEW! Webinar: IP Management in ICT projects

 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you at one or all our upcoming online IP training sessions! :)

Kind regards and stay healthy!

The European IP Helpdesk Team

IP in the Field of Renewable Energies

Renewable energy is energy from sources that do not diminish or that can be replenished. These are also referred to as “green” or “clean” energies, because the energy production does not generate greenhouse emissions or air pollutants.

Renewable energies are increasingly displacing fossil fuels in the power sector. As this industry continues to evolve, we now have a growing number of innovative and cheaper ways to capture and retain wind or solar energy. Hence, the importance of renewable energies constantly increases. In fact, in 2017, 17.5% of energy consumed in the EU stemmed from renewable energies with the target being to reach 20% by 2020.

This fact sheet intends to gives an overview (from a European perspective) of central IP questions relevant for this dynamic energy sector. Moreover, it will shine a light on aspects related to Competition Law and the issue of State Aid. And finally, key EU funding initiatives and opportunities in this field will be highlighted.

IP Sounds Good to Me. How a Small Spanish Company Revolutionised the Classical Music Market

NewMusicNow was founded in 2013 with the aim of providing musicians with a tool that improves the efficiency of their work and the quality of their performances. Since then, the company has been working intensively on the development of a “page-less scrolling“ technology, which is an App available at the Apple App Store.

The story of the company began in late 2011 when a professional musician, a computer engineer and an expert in business management detected a couple of problems and disadvantages musicians were facing when using “traditional” music sheets.

In the course of six years NewMusicNow worked intensively on the development of a proprietary technology seeking to further position themselves in the field by participating
in national and international R&D projects, and developing an international business and intellectual property (IP) strategy.

Additionally, please watch the interview with Julián de Juan, IP Advisor for NewMusicNow.

ACCIÓ’s third call of its TECNIOspring PLUS is open to companies

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) has opened the third call of its TECNIOspring PLUS programme on June 2 and will close it on September 28.

This programme provides 100% financial support to individual mobility proposals presented by experienced researchers in liaison with any R&D entity around the world. It offers two types of fellowships, incoming and outgoing.

The financial support is divided into salary costs, research costs and mobility costs.

All the information about the programme and the open call can be found at www.tecniospring.eu. If you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact tecniospring.accio@gencat.cat