Category Archives: IPR

EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL LAUNCHES VIRTUAL VENTURE FAIR

The ERC’s new digital platform, the ERC Virtual Venture Fair, has been launched to bring ERC-funded researchers closer to the right type of investor. Using an online deal room, researchers can share information with investor networks, funds, angel investors, accelerators … Continue reading

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EUROPE DOMINATES THE PATENT STATISTICS AGAIN

The new European Patent Offices’s 2018 report, released on 12 March, shows an increase in European patenting activity, after Chinese tech giant Huawei dominated the previous year, with a 4.6% increase in European patent applications. The new 2018 report shows … Continue reading

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EU LOSES €60 BILLION ANNUALLY TO COUNTERFEITS

According to a joint report by Europe’s intellectual property office and the OECD released this month, 6.8% of EU imports are counterfeit and pirated goods. This represents an annual loss for the European economy of €60 billion. The European Union … Continue reading

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AGREEMENT STRUCK ON CONTROVERSIAL COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

The future of online copyright is set to be transformed radically after representatives of the European Parliament and EU member states struck an agreement on the controversial Copyright Directive on 13 February, over two years after the measures were tabled … Continue reading

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LAUNCH OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S COMMON IP BOOSTER

META Group & ClearViewIP have been selected to run the European Commission’s new service to provide specialised professional IP advice to universities and public research organisations across Europe. The IP Booster is a free service designed to help PROs and … Continue reading

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EIF AND FRAUNHOFER ESTABLISH JOINT TT FUND

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are launching the Fraunhofer Tech Transfer Fund under the European Commission’s InnovFin programme with a total volume of €60 million. They will be supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, EFSI, … Continue reading

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MCDONALD’S LOSES BIG MAC TRADEMARK AFTER LEGAL BATTLE WITH IRISH CHAIN

On 15 January the Supermac Irish fast-food chain won a David versus Goliath battle against trademark bullying by a powerful multinational. The Galway-based firm persuaded the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to cancel McDonald’s use of the “Big Mac” … Continue reading

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