Every day there are many good ideas and research results that are put aside due to inappropriate innovation strategies.
This case study, based on the direct experience of Tapointel S.L., demonstrates how an SME can succeed in managing innovation and setting up an effective patent application strategy with the support of a European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador.
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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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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.
Improved reputation and credibility, increased turnover and better market expansion prospects are all positive effects of intellectual property rights ownership for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
That’s according to a major EU-wide survey of SMEs and intellectual property (IP) released last week by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), a decentralised agency of the EU, which shows that 54% of SMEs with IP rights claim that registration has had a positive effect on their business.
However, nearly four out of ten SMEs say that a lack of knowledge about intellectual property (IP) rights, such as patents, trade marks and designs, stopped them from obtaining the IP protection that they needed.
The present case study traces the journey of ALLWINTER Ltd., a young, visionary company active in the fast-growing snowboarding industry aiming to expand their business and build up a strong IP portfolio. You will learn more about the different Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) attached to marketing new products in this field, and which steps need to be taken especially with regard to patenting. Apart from this, the ALLWINTER story is also a best practice example of the successful and beneficial collaboration between a start-up and an IP firm, in this case the Cambridge-based company Basck.
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.
The IPA4SME call has been re-opened on 8 July 2019, given the overwhelming response to the first cut-off date of the IPA4SME Action, and the initially allocated budget not being sufficient to provide support to all of the services requested by the applicants. For this reason, new Rules for Implementation are being defined in order to increase budget flexibility in the future.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Parties that have submitted an application to the first cut-off date will have the option to resubmit their previous application. The new cut-off date is Thursday 26 September 2019.
The “Boosting the use of Intellectual Property with an action specifically designed for Innovative SMEs” (IP4SME) campaign is looking for SMEs in need of assistance with their IP valorisation. IP4SME presents a unique business opportunity for SMEs to acquire Intellectual Property Valorisation and Protection (IP Intellectual Property), through a variety of IP related services.
Free IP Pre-diagnostics: a customised report by a verified IP Expert on your business strategy related to IP with recommendations on achieving a secure and efficient exploitation of your assets (this service is available to SMEs registered in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden).
Financial reimbursement of IP protection costs, specifically eligible costs of qualified IP attorney and European patent application fees, for all EU and COSME countries.
For any questions regarding IPA4SME, a project co-funded by the COSME programme of the European Union, and its related actions, please use the contact form on the IPA4SME website.
Intellectual Property Licensing
With knowledge being one of the main driving forces of modern-day economies and “Open Innovation” becoming an increasingly important concept of collaboration, intellectual property (IP) has become a central (business) asset. Different kinds of IP – whether trademarks, patents, copyright, know-how or design – can be used and exploited in various settings and multiple ways. However, licensing is undoubtedly one of the most common ones when it comes to turning IP into profit and transferring knowledge between different parties – be it from a research organisation to a company or from one business entity to another.
The present Bulletin issue sheds light on different aspects of IP licensing and provides first-hand insights into real-life licensing practice. Alongside a brief introduction to licensing and a number of expert articles written by acknowledged professionals in the field, we also put a spotlight on sample cases and best practice examples from the world of technology transfer.
Taking up the theme of this year’s World IP Day “IP & Sports” this edition is rounded off with an article showcasing various ways of monetising IP in the realm of sports.
We hope you will enjoy delving into the different facets of IP licensing. Thank you for reading!
The European IP Helpdesk team
Plant breeding is protracted and expensive and the resulting plant varieties can be easily and quickly reproduced by others by means of simple multiplication of plant material. Therefore, in order to reap the benefits of their scientific efforts and the related economic investment, plant breeders can opt for IP protection on their products.
This Fact Sheet aims at illustrating the importance of plant variety protection by providing an overview of the plant variety right system and focusing on the protection at EU level.