• Call for Tenders: IP Pre-diagnosis Services for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has published a call for tenders regarding IP pre-diagnosis services for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe participants. The objectives of the service contract are to: improve the valorisation of research and innovation results enable smooth cooperation of various project participants, including the served SME, with shared IP increase IP knowledge among SMEs Horizon participants and SMEs EEN clients, as well as improve their IP capacity and management skills share the know-how on providing such IP pre-diagnosis services More information can be found in the tender specifications on the European Commission website. Application deadline is 30 June 2020.

  • The European Commission’s IP Booster: Next Deadline 28 June 2020
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    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. 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 service can help you to: 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 apply for the IP Booster support, please check the eligibility criteria on the IP Booster service website. The calls are continuously open, and the next round of applications will close early next year.

  • WIPO Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related IP policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic. This is the latest in a series of measures taken by WIPO in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many national and regional IP offices are implementing measures to assist applicants and owners of IP rights, for example by providing extensions of time or grace periods for fee payments. In addition, a number of member states have or are considering special measures such as compulsory licenses, should potentially relevant products and technologies be identified. Many in the private sector are implementing voluntary measures to assist and a multitude of technology and projects are ongoing. With an initial group of a dozen countries, the COVID-19 IP Policy Tracker will be updated regularly. It is freely accessible through a database interface.

  • Progress on Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    The European Commission has announced new developments regarding the Implementation Strategy of its upcoming R&I framework programme Horizon Europe. The rules and simplification measures put in place for Horizon 2020 were widely acknowledged by stakeholders as a big step towards a more attractive programme. Based on this experience, work has been ongoing on Horizon Europe’s Implementation Strategy to set out how the programme will be managed in practice to achieve its ambitious objectives. The Strategy is a living document thus it will receive further updates. Horizon Europe’s Implementation Strategy provides the framework for carefully designed rules and efficient processes across the entire programme and project life cycle. It allows the programme to deliver its impacts as efficient and user-friendly as possible. The Strategy focusses on the following objectives: Maximising impacts; Ensuring greater transparency and further simplification; Fostering synergies with other EU spending programmes; Easing access through digital transformation and outreach. The Commission validated, refined and developed the Strategy based on existing stakeholder feedback, internal analysis of needs and studies as well as via a comprehensive consultation and co-design process, including: An open web consultation; Stakeholder consultations in Member States by way of 20 national/regional events; European R&I Days in Brussels on 24-26 September 2019.

  • European Commission Study on Geographical Indications
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    The European Commission has released a new study on products under Geographical Indication (GI) status. According to the study, sales of GI-protected food and drink products are worth €75bn. The study found that the sales value of a product with a protected name is on average double that for similar products without a certification, proving that there is an economic benefit for producers in terms of marketing and increase of sales. The study was based on all 3,207 product names protected across the 28 EU Member States at the end of 2017 (3,322 by the end of March 2020). “European Geographical Indications reflect the wealth and diversity of products that our agricultural sector has to offer”, said the Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski. “Producers’ benefits are clear. They can sell products at a higher value, to consumers looking for authentic regional products. GIs are a key aspect of our trade agreements. By protecting products across the globe, we prevent fraudulent use of product names and we preserve the good reputation of European agri-food and drink products. Geographical Indications protect local value at global level.”

  • New PATENTSCOPE Search Facility Database for COVID-19 Innovation Efforts Launched
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    PATENTSCOPE contains over 83 million patent and related documents to enable comprehensive searching of patent information and has features such as multi-lingual search capabilities and an automatic AI-based translation system. The new COVID-19 functionality allows to easily access thousands of documents with potential use to innovators working on COVID-19. The new system will provide scientists, engineers, policymakers and industry actors with a source of intelligence for improving the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases such as the novel coronavirus. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry commented: “Given the drastic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on human health and welfare, the world needs easy access to every bit of information available for the successful innovation in the pursuit of vaccines, treatments and cures. Patent documents are rich sources of technological know-how acquired by humans over the centuries. (…) WIPO’s new patent-searching tool will help disseminate information on technologies that others may build upon for the global fight against COVID-19.”

  • European Commission Fact Sheet on Valorisation Policies
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    Climate, health and digitalisation are a key part of the European Commission’s priorities. Research and innovation is a driving force that will support the transition towards a more sustainable society. The new EU Industrial policy reflects how the twin ecological and digital transitions will affect every part of our society and economy including industry. They will require new technologies, with investment and innovation to match. Relating to this year’s World IP Day theme “Innovate for a Green Future”, the European Commission has published a fact sheet on valorisation policies helping to make research results and IP assets work for society.

  • 4 Reasons 4 Trademarks: New Interactive Guide for SMEs
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    Trademarks are one of several intellectual property rights that help protect and enhance your brands. They help consumers identify products and services with the entity from which they originate. Organisations rely on trademarks to distinguish themselves from their competitors, to create an association between their trademarks and product quality, and to build their reputation and consumer loyalty. So, there are good reasons to consider how you develop a trademark protection strategy and safeguard your brand. Once again, the European IP Helpdesk has teamed up with 4iP Council, a European not-for-profit dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to intellectual property and innovation, to develop a new interactive guide identifying the four key benefits of trademarks and helping innovative European businesses to understand their strategic value as an intellectual property tool.  This new interactive guide is the third part of a series following 4 Reasons to Patent and 4 Reasons to Copyright. More guides will be released on the 4SMEs website area in the future. About 4iP Council 4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to intellectual property and innovation. Follow 4iP Council on Twitter at @4ipcouncil.

  • New Guide to IP Management in International Business
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    Taking your business international can be quite challenging and may entail a number of risks, especially for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It may be intimidating to properly address all relevant financial and regulatory aspects linked to such a step, while at the same time reaching out to potential business partners abroad. Before venturing into foreign markets, it is vital that you protect the Intellectual Property (IP) assets such as patents, know-how, trademarks or designs that are at the core of your company. IP incentivises innovation and will become particularly relevant to you as you internationalise your business. The loss of business, revenue, reputation and competitive advantage caused by IP infringement would affect you both in your original and in your export markets, while an inadequate protection of your creations would definitely jeopardise your business. However, proper market analysis and adopting a suitable IP strategy will ease your access to finance helping you increase your revenues and overall visibility. Our brand-new guide intends to outline the basic steps you should take in terms of IP management, before expanding your business abroad. For a quick overview, we recommend to watch our short animated clip and take a look at the infographic you can download below.

  • European Commission Survey on Innovation Support for SMEs
    on 31 May 2020 at 18:10

    The European Commission has launched a survey on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe. It is addressed to enterprises (especially SMEs) and providers of innovation support to SMEs (including institutional stakeholders, business organisations, etc.) operating in Europe, EFTA countries and Horizon 2020 associated countries. The main objective is to collect fresh information on:   The main factors hampering innovation in SMEs, particularly in view of recent technological and market developments; Forms of innovation support received over the last three years; The level of satisfaction with the existing support for innovation; Gaps in innovation support and suggestions for improvement. The ultimate goal is to inform the European Commission on how to make public innovation support for SMEs more effective and efficient. The questions should be answered by the company owners or managing  directors, or a staff member in charge of strategic decisions for the company with regard to innovation.