TAPOINTEL: Managing innovation in an SME

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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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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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 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.

SME Scoreboard 2019: New Study from EUIPO Out Now

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.

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Bringing Powder to the People. The Strong IP Strategy of an Innovative Start-up in the Snowboarding Industry

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.

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.

IPA4SME Call Re-opened

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.

The beneficiaries of these IP services are SMEs that have been awarded the Seal of Excellence from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, and they can apply for the following:

  • 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.

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European IP Helpdesk Bulletin No.1 - IP Licensing

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

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