WIPO: World Intellectual Property Day

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.

Join the conversation using #worldipday and tell WIPO about the female inventors and creators who are empowering change near you!

Find further information on WIPO's website, here.

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European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced

The 15 finalists of the European Inventor Award 2018, announced today by the EPO, have all made significant contributions to advancing technology, generating economic value and creating employment in Europe and throughout the world.

The finalists were selected from a pool of more than 500 individuals and teams of inventors. Their inventions cover a wide range of technological fields including:

  • biotechnology,
  • microchip lithography,
  • automotive,
  • toys and games,
  • medical imaging and technology,
  • renewable energy,
  • material sciences,
  • lasers and
  • electronics.

The finalists are divided into five categories, i.e. industry, research, non-EPO countries, SMEs and lifetime achievement.

The 2018 award ceremony will take place on June 7 in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The public is invited to take part in conferring one of the awards (the Popular Prize) which is chosen by online voting on the EPO website in the run-up to the ceremony.

Voting is open until 3 June 2018.

Find further information on EPO's website, here.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (29)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and fashion focusing on the crucial role played by IP in protecting the products of this creative and vibrant industry.

The European IPR Helpdesk presents, on an introductory article, the different IP tools available to protect fashion designs, while the next contribution by Matej Michalec, lawyer at V4 Legal in Bratislava, develops the topic of IP protection tools in the European Union for the fashion industry, highlighting the issue of design protection and its overlap with copyright.

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director at 4iP Council, gives some useful hints on how to protect inventions in the fashion field, revealing that patent protection of fashion items is far from being a recent topic.

Then, EUIPO provides an article on the increased prevalence of counterfeiting practices in this sector, and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) focuses on the rise of online counterfeiting in the sporting goods industry and the measures available to tackle this problem.

In addition, we have interviewed Claudia G., a Spanish fashion designer who provides us with an insight into the work of designers and how they address IP matters.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service, as well as a brand-new IP and fashion quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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Patent event search: conferences, seminars and courses

Check EPO's website to be up to date on their upcoming webinars and events!

You can search for details of EPO events on the patent event search area, here.

As an example, on 18th of April EPO is organising a free-of-charge webinar about "business use of patent information". For further information and to register visit EPO's website, here.

 

New report on trade in counterfeit goods and free trade zones by EUIPO and OECD

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a new report on "Trade in counterfeit goods and free trade zones".

This research complements a 2016 study from EUIPO and the OECD which estimated the value of counterfeit products to be 2.5% of world trade – up to EUR 338 billion. 

There are over 3,500 free trade zones in the world. Free trade zones are special economic areas which are often, but not always, set up around ports. Taken together, free trade zones employ 66 million people and generate over EUR 365 billion (USD 500 billion) in direct trade-related added value.

An extra free trade zone within an economy increases the value of counterfeit goods exported from that country by 5.9%.

The full study in English and the Executive Summaries in the 23 language versions can be found here on EUIPO's Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights webpage.