• EUIPO Guidelines Available in 23 Official EU Languages
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    The guidelines of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which were adopted by the Executive Director on 12 December 2019 (Decision No EX-19-4) and have been in force since 1 February 2020, are now available in 23 official languages of the European Union. They can be consulted online here. The guidelines were previously only available in the five working languages of the EUIPO (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). The following languages have now been added: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene and Swedish. A novelty is that the ‘compare’ functionality, which can be activated by switching on ‘Show modifications’ in the top left-hand corner of the web page, is now also available in 23 official EU languages. This enables the user to quickly view any changes compared to previous editions. For more information on the functionalities of the Guidelines in HTML format, please consult this tutorial or webinar.

  • More than 500 Endorsements of Manifesto for EU COVID-19 Research
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    So far, more than 500 organisations (including universities, research institutes and private companies) and more than 1500 individuals  from all over Europe and beyond have endorsed the Manifesto for EU COVID-19 research initiated by the European Commission. This shows a clear commitment and strong citizen engagement towards a better valorisation of research results. The Commission has launched the manifesto to maximise the accessibility of research results in the fight against COVID-19. The manifesto provides guiding principles for beneficiaries of EU research grants for coronavirus prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination to ensure that their research results will be accessible for all and guarantee a return on public investment. By endorsing the manifesto you commit to making the generated results, whether tangible or intangible, public and accessible without delay, for instance on the Horizon Results Platform, on an existing IP sharing platform, or through an existing patent pool making scientific papers and research data available in open access without delay and following the FAIR principles via preprint servers or public repositories, with rights for others to build upon the publications and data and with access to the tools needed for their validation.In particular, make COVID-19 research data available through the European COVID-19 Data Platform. where possible, granting for a limited time, non-exclusive royalty free licences on the intellectual property resulting from EU-funded research. These non-exclusive royalty free licenses shall be given in exchange for the licensees’ commitment to rapidly and broadly distribute the resulting products and services under fair and reasonable conditions to prevent, diagnose, treat and contain COVID-19.

  • New Look of Horizon Results Platform
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    Did you visit the revamped Horizon Results Platform yet? As part of the EU Funding & Tenders Portal, it enables EU-funded projects to showcase their results in view of future exploitation in research, business and politics. At the same time, the European Commission uses the platform to highlight upcoming calls, pitching events and other relevant news. The Horizon Results Platform provides the beneficiaries of FP7 and H2020 funding programmes with a free, online space where they can essentially “advertise” the Key Exploitable Results (KER’s) of their projects to desired audiences and key stakeholders. The platform makes it easy for beneficiaries to manage their results in a single and safe environment, while assisting beneficiaries in matchmaking, by collecting information relevant to the type and nature of their project result, including specific needs, result maturity and policy influence. Projects which already published their results on the former platform are invited to rework and edit their entries. In case of any questions, please contact EC-HORIZON-RESULTS-PLATFORM@ec.europa.eu.

  • Hidden Inventors Campaign: Live Q&A and EU Policy Roundtable
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    For hundreds of years, European inventors have created new products, services and business models, improving the way people around the world live and work. The recently launched #HiddenInventors campaign by the European Non-Profit ThinkYoung in collaboration with Ericsson, aims to celebrate European inventors – past, present and future—putting the spotlight on inventors few of us have heard of, but whose inventions we all know and use. The campaign will also highlight the importance of Intellectual Property policies at the European level to encourage creative potential in pursuit of Europe’s technological competitiveness. The organisers want to inspire young Europeans from all backgrounds to harness their imaginations for the benefit of society, while ensuring that the individuals behind those innovations are not only admired, but that their rights are protected. Billboards around Brussels, a virtual policy roundtable, visits and presentations in schools as well as a series of online Q&As with European inventors will celebrate the passion, drive and intelligence of individuals whose inventions changed our world for the better. By revealing Europe’s ‘Hidden Inventors’ – masterminds behind common, everyday innovations – the joint initiative will highlight the crucial role inventiveness can play as the EU emerges from the COVID-19 crisis and embarks on a transition to a greener and more digital economy. Next events: Thursday 22 October 2020: Live O&A with Jaap Haartsen, the inventor of Bluetooth. Thursday 29 October 2020: Virtual policy roundtable with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

  • Inventors Revisited: New EPO Video and Podcast Series
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently published ‘Inventors Revisited’, a new video and podcast series in which it reconnects with former finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award. Throughout the series, viewers will be able to learn the latest inventions and innovation trends, while getting a rare glimpse at cutting-edge research. Due to coronavirus-imposed travel restrictions, the entire series was produced digitally, highlighting the role innovation can play in overcoming the current challenges. In addition to covering new technology, the series also explores the effect of the European Inventor Award on the inventors themselves, their work, and wider society. The inventors represent a variety of fields ranging from cancer diagnosis to satellite tracking. The series also provides insight into diverse intellectual property (IP) strategies, with researchers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists all discussing the significance of IP in their respective areas. The entire Inventors Revisited video series is available on the EPO website. Currently, several podcasts can be downloaded or streamed, with new episodes to be added in the weeks ahead. The podcasts have also been syndicated across Anchor.fm, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.

  • WIPO Offers Free Access to IP Decisions Database
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has launched a new database called WIPO Lex-Judgments to provide free-of-charge access to leading judicial decisions related to intellectual property (IP) law from around the world. At launch, the database consists of over 400 documents from 10 countries.  The goal is to allow a greater overall understanding of how courts are handling IP cases by making available judgments. The relevant authorities in the participating member states are responsible for the selection and only add decisions to the database that establish precedent or offer a persuasive interpretation of IP law in their jurisdiction. “WIPO Lex-Judgments will provide an important support for the adjudication of IP disputes in a globalised world where courts and policy makers, challenged by the dynamic nature of the IP discipline, can use the information gained from foreign judgments and judicial practice to inform their own search for domestic judicial and policy solutions,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

  • EUIPO Teams up with European SME Alliance
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Digital SME Alliance have recently signed a collaboration agreement. The goal is to develop and implement joint initiatives to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The collaboration will include a set of training programmes such as webinars and different training modules and the co-design of a guide for SMEs to stimulate IP knowledge. The European DIGITAL SME Alliance is the largest network of small and medium-sized ICT enterprises in Europe, representing about 20,000 digital SMEs. 30 national and regional SME associations from EU member states and neighboring countries are working together to put digital SMEs at the center of the EU agenda. These new joint initiatives are also a part of the ongoing implementation of the EUIPO’s Strategic Plan 2025 that promotes the support of SMEs on their business journey. 

  • End of Brexit Transition Period: Updated EUIPO Information
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    The EUIPO has updated the Brexit section on its website ahead of 31 December 2020, the day on which the UK’s transition period after Brexit will end, as stipulated in the Withdrawal Agreement concluded between the EU and the UK. As regards the situation from 1 January 2021, the Brexit section contains the relevant information on how the EUIPO intends to handle the circumstances that the EUTM and RCD Regulations will cease to apply to the UK as from the end of the transition period.

  • The European Commission’s IP Booster: Next Deadline 30 October 2020
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    The European Commission is funding a service to provide specialised, professional IP advice to European Universities and Public Research Organisations. Are you: Generating high-quality research, and eager to improve its impact on the market? Trying to better address IP issues associated with commercialisation?  Searching for experts who can help you develop a successful intellectual property strategy? The European Commission’s IP Booster is a free service designed to help you address these challenges. Its carefully selected IP, technology and business strategy experts can examine your research and guide your teams to develop the best intellectual property strategies for your organisation. The IP Booster can help you: Determine what type and what amount of IP protection you need for your project’s intellectual assets, and whether you need to acquire rights to third party IPRs Design a patent landscape so that you can clearly identify which commercialisation pathways are best for your research Conduct a thorough due diligence assessing the quantity and quality of IP assets generated by your project and estimate their future value Prepare your project’s patent, design and trademark applications Provide advice and support in negotiating technology transfer agreements To receive the IP Booster support, you’ll need to apply using the IP Booster service website. Find out more about the application process and the services here and download an application form here. The next cut-off date is 30 October 2020.

  • Out Now: WIPO Global Innovation Index 2020
    on 21 October 2020 at 14:58

    Who will finance innovation? On 2 September 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released its Global Innovation Index 2020 presenting the latest global innovation trends and the annual innovation ranking of 131 economies. The theme of this year’s GII – Who Will Finance Innovation? – is timely given the human and global economic damage wreaked by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Many governments are setting up emergency relief packages to cushion the impact of the lockdown and face the looming recession. But the GII 2020 advises that further rounds of support must prioritize and then broaden support for innovation, particularly for smaller enterprises and start-ups that are facing hurdles in accessing rescue packages. “The rapid, worldwide spread of the coronavirus requires fresh thinking to ensure a shared victory over this quintessential global challenge,” says WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “Even as we all grapple with the immediate human and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments need to ensure that rescue packages are future oriented and support the individuals, research institutes, companies and others with innovative and collaborative new ideas for the post-COVID era. Innovations equal solutions.” In its associated annual ranking of the world’s economies on innovation capacity and output, the GII shows year-on-year stability at the top, but a gradual eastward shift in the locus of innovation as a group of Asian economies – notably China, India, the Philippines and Viet Nam – have advanced considerably in the innovation ranking over the years. Switzerland, Sweden, U.S., U.K and Netherlands lead the innovation ranking, with a second Asian economy – the Republic of Korea – joining the top 10 for the first time (Singapore is number 8). The top 10 is dominated by high-income countries.