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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Technology Licensing-in

Successful industries survive on continuous innovation, bringing to the market new products and services by developing or acquiring cutting-edge technology. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

This fact sheet analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing-in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

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WIPO World IP Indicators report 2017 is published

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report (WIPI) shows that global demand for IP tools reached record heights again in 2017. China leads the ranking in all main IP titles with 1.38 million patent, 5.7 million trade mark and nearly 630,000 design applications. 

When Europe is considered:

  • in patents, the European Patent Office takes the 5th place after China, US, Japan and Republic of Korea,
  • in trade marks, the European Patent Office is in the 4th place following China, US and Japan,
  • in designs, the European Union Intellectual Property Office is the runner-up after China.

For more information about the report, and all relevant statistical data, please consult the dedicated pages of the WIPO here.

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Plant variety protection

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.

 

EPO has announced the beta version of new Espacenet

The European Patent Office (EPO) has launched the beta version of Espacenet, its online patent search database containing more than 100 million patent documents.

The new version aims at enriching patent search experience with a more intuitive, extensible, dynamic, portable and accessible tool.

Users are invited to explore this beta version and are welcome to provide their feedback, if they face any issues or to suggest any improvements.

Access the new Espacenet here.

 

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Celegon Srl: Making use of confidentiality and IP transfer agreements in business partnerships

You want to commercialise your products with the support of external business partners? The story of this Italian SME, Celegon Srl, teaches us how crucial it is to take confidentiality measures and IP protection into consideration before entering into any business partnership.

EPO study on "Patents and self-driving vehicles"

Self-driving vehicles (SDVs) are expected to be commercially available from 2025 and recent statistics for patent applications reveal that innovation in SDVs is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of this transport revolution. By looking at patent applications in this field, it gives a unique insight into the race to innovate in smart, connected and automated vehicles.

In this respect, in co-operation with the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR), the European Patent Office (EPO) has carried out a study providing a comprehensive picture of current trends and emerging leaders in SDV technologies.

The findings show that during the past six years, patent applications at the EPO for autonomous driving increased by 330%, compared to 16% across all technologies in the same period, and in the past ten years the EPO received some 18,000 patent applications related to self-driving vehicles, with nearly 4,000 in 2017 alone.

Click here for further reading on this study.

 

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EPO and Community Plant Variety Office extend their bilateral cooperation

In 2016 the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) signed a cooperation agreement to exchange information and best practices in the area of plant-related patents and plant variety rights. The cooperation between the two Offices has been extremely well received among European institutions, EU Member States, stakeholders and the public in general.

Last week, EPO and CPVO renewed their cooperation agreement for 3 more years envisaging the adoption of measures for sharing training tools with the public and for providing access to CPVO documentation via the EPO’s databases.

Find more information on their support of innovation in the plant sector here.

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Translations of our Fact Sheets

The following are a selection of our top 15 downloaded Fact Sheets that are now available in five EU languages:
German (DE), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT) and Polish (PL).

  • Fact Sheet on "Plant variety protection", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Collection of evidence", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "How to define and manage background in Horizon 2020", available here
  • Fact Sheet on "IP enforcement: asserting your rights", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Design searching", available here
  • Fact Sheet on "The plan for the exploitation and dissemination of results in Horizon 2020", available here
  • Fact Sheet on "IP management in MSC Actions", available here in DE, ES, FR and PL for H2020 projects, and here in IT and PL for FP7 projects. 
  • Fact Sheet on "Domain names and cybersquatting", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Copyright essentials", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Trade secrets: An efficient tool for competitiveness", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property management at trade fairs", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "IP Audit: Uncovering the potential of your business", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Non-disclosure agreement: a business tool", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation", available here.
  • Fact Sheet on "Technology Licensing-in", available here.