Monthly Archives: June 2011

2011 INNOVATION UNION COMPETITIVENESS REPORT PUBLISHED

The European Commission published this month its 2011 Innovation Union Competitiveness Report. Building on the Innovation Union Scoreboard, it represents the first comprehensive analysis of recent trends and long-term evolution in research and innovation performance in all 27 EU Members States … Continue reading

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HORIZON 2020

“Horizon 2020” was announced on 10 June at a 700-strong stakeholder event as the name of the future EU funding programme for research and innovation which will be the successor to FP7. It was the winner of the Commission’s online … Continue reading

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PRESENTATIONS AND PHOTOS AVAILABLE FROM TII 2011 CONFERENCE

Some 40 EU speakers and delegates joined 100 local participants at TII’s 2011 annual conference which was held from 26 to 28 May in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. The three-day event offered a unique opportunity to become acquainted with … Continue reading

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EC SETS OUT « BLUEPRINT » FOR IPR TO BOOST CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

IPR is a cornerstone of the EU economy and a key driver for its further growth. In 2009, the value of the top 10 brands in EU countries amounted to almost 9% of GDP on average.  Copyright-based creative industries, such … Continue reading

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11% INCREASE IN EUROPEAN PATENT FILINGS IN 2010

In 2010, the EPO received 235 000 European patent filings, which represented an increase of 11 % on the previous year and the highest number of patent filings recorded in the Office’s 34-year history. Until 2007, growth had been steady, … Continue reading

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ITALY AND SPAIN FIGHT EU PATENT IN COURT

Italy and Spain lodged a complaint at the end of May with the European Court of Justice against attempts by the other member states to introduce an EU patent without them. The Italian government claimed that the use of enhanced … Continue reading

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NEW SCHEME FOR RANKING EU UNIVERSITIES PROPOSED

The European Commission is planning to implement proposals to rank all of Europe’s universities following the publication of a report which highlights the shortcomings of existing global league tables. In the “Global university rankings and their impact” report published this month … Continue reading

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