Monthly Archives: March 2016

EUROPEAN TRADE MARK COMES INTO EFFECT

From 23 March, the European Union trade mark enters into force as part of reforms designed to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of doing business in the 21st century. The reforms will improve conditions for businesses … Continue reading

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REUTER’S TOP INNOVATORS: EUROPE IN POLE POSITION

France’s Alternative Energies & Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Germany’s Fraunhofer Society and Japan’s Science & Technology Agency are top of the Reuters Top 25 Global Innovators ranking of government research institutions, published on 9 March. Nine out of 25 ranked … Continue reading

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DEMAND FOR EUROPEAN PATENTS CONTINUES TO GROW IN 2015

The 2015 EPO Annual report says that the number of European patent filings grew again in 2015 reaching a new high of nearly 279 000 (in 2014: 274 000, +1.6%). The EPO’s 2015 annual report also shows that the number … Continue reading

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INTERREG EUROPE SECOND CALL OPEN FROM 5 APRIL TO 13 MAY

The Interreg Europe monitoring committee has approved the terms of reference for the second call for project proposals. The call is open from 5 April, and it will close on 13 May. The Interreg Europe programme is divided into four priority axes … Continue reading

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IMMIGRANTS AND INNOVATION

In a recent report on the Demographics of U.S. Innovation, the American Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITEF) surveyed more than 900 award-winning innovators and international patent applicants. This groundbreaking report finds that the demographics of U.S. innovation are different … Continue reading

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FIRST EU SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP GUARANTEE DEAL SIGNED

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Société financière de la NEF (la NEF) have signed the first Social Entrepreneurship guarantee agreement aimed at supporting more than 300 social enterprises in France under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation … Continue reading

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HOW OUTWARD-LOOKING IS SMART SPECIALISATION?

Smart specialisation (S3) emphasises the identification of niches, cross-sectorial innovation and solving societal challenges. With this comes a need for an outward-looking dimension, to find a region’s potential advantages in international markets, and to identify partners to help deliver new … Continue reading

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