Monthly Archives: January 2013

EUROPEAN FIRMS GOOD ON INNOVATION, BUT POOR ON COOPERATION

A Eurostat survey has revealed that Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium have the highest proportion of firms carrying out an innovation activity among the 27 EU member states. The survey focuses on product and process innovation as well as organisational and … Continue reading

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EPO REGISTERS NEW RECORD FOR PATENT FILINGS IN 2012

In 2012 the European Patent Office published 65 700 granted patents, 5.8% more than in 2011 (62 115) and received a total of 258 000 new patent applications, a 5.7% increase over 2011 (244 000). 63% of the filings came … Continue reading

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 6TH MILLENNIUM TECHNOLOGY PRIZE

Nominations for the 6th Millennium Technology Prize, one of the world’s leading science and technology awards with over €1 million of prize money, are invited from universities, research institutes and industrial organizations from across the globe.  The deadline for nominations … Continue reading

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: GREEN CHINA

Prof. Taco van Someren, one of our keynote speakers at TII 2013 in Beijing, is co-author with his wife Shuhua van Someren-Wang of Green China, which is published by Springer in its Sustainable Growth in East and West Series. The book … Continue reading

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EPO INNOVATION CONTEST FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

The European Patent Office has launched a competition open to students of a minimum of 18 years old and enrolled at a 3rd level academic institution in one of the EPO’s members states. Contestants will be asked to work on … Continue reading

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ENHANCING PATENT EXPLOITATION – EC STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT

The European Commission services have produced a Staff Working Document to serve as a basis for future discussions with other EU institutions and beyond on the need to make better use of patents. The Staff Working Document presents and analyses the … Continue reading

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PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROTECTING BUSINESS & RESEARCH KNOW-HOW

Keeping valuable information secret is often the only or the most effective way that companies have to protect the results of their research and innovation efforts, i.e. those things which cannot be patented. Concerns regarding the effectiveness of existing legal … Continue reading

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