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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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 increasingly 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.

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.

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.