With the advent of increasingly integrated global-value chains and the continuous drive to innovate, trade fairs have become one of the most important and most efficient instruments for accessing new markets worldwide. Although attending a trade fair or exhibition can reap substantial benefits, SMEs should be aware of the possible risks for their Intellectual Property protected -or protectable- creations, products and services that are implied.
Intellectual Property is a powerful tool to benefit from your company's intangible assets, but is there life after licensing? Any EU SMEs shall wonder the same question and how can they make money out of their Intellectual Property Rights.
If that's your case, take a look at this webinar and learn more about the advantages and possibilities derived from the right management of your intangibles.
Moreover, our IP expert will be available to assist you in any IP-related enquiry that you may have.
Despite the world spread of Covid-19, there are still some good news coming:
The General Directorate of the Industrial Property Registry of Panama (DIGERPI) has just become part of both EUIPO's TMclass and DesignClass. They will harmonise their database and use all terms from the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB).
DIGERPI becomes the 77th IP Office member of TMclass and 33th member of DesignClass.
Fusion is a German SME that has created a notebook, the pages of which are made from a polyester component instead of wood. This enables the user to write, scan with a mobile, upload the content directly to the cloud and erase the pages with a damp cloth. The company has allied with some of the most relevant cloud storage companies, so that when users scan their page through the app, they can organise and decide where this page should be saved in the cloud. The notebook can then be reused indefinitely, saving therefore paper and plastic, which will, in turn, benefit our environment.
Patents registered in Europe, being territorial rights, have no legal effect in China and any of the countries in South-east Asia and Latin America. However, through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) it is possible to seek simultaneous patent protection for an invention in several countries by filing a single “international” patent application instead of filing separate national applications.
In this webinar you will learn more about the advantages and possible disadvantages of PCT. Our IPR experts will equip you with tips and recommendations on how to utilise the PCT to manage your patent portfolio in developing markets.
The Madrid System, administered by WIPO, is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trade marks worldwide. The system allows brand owners to protect their trade marks in up to 122 countries by filing one application, using one language (English, French or Spanish) and paying one set of fees. Recently Malaysia joined the Madrid system, with this addition expect Myanmar all SEA countries are member of the Madrid system.
During this webinar, the IP expert Mr. Simon Cheetham (IP Expert of the China and SEA Helpdesks) and Mr. Eli Salis (IP Expert of the Latin America Helpdesk) offer tips and recommendations on how to utilise the Madrid System to manage your trade mark portfolio when internationalising to China, SEA and Latin America.
The European Patent Office (EPO) fees are going to be increased by an average of 4% as from April 2020.
On average, most of the fees have been increased by 4%, but the appeal fees will be increased until 20%.
Chile has just joined the TMClass database platform. This platform, implemented by the EUIPO and run by the EU Commission, is a harmonized database with more than 70,000 terms from which users can benefit from.
This tool contributes to the search and classification of products and services, making it easier for users who are willing to protect their trademarks. Moreover, this tool searches and translates in 44 languages.
With INAPI, 77 Offices have already joined the tool.
This infographic introduces you to the main Intellectual Property materials found on our website. The Latin America IP SME Helpdesk offers business-oriented and jargon-free resources that will help you design the best IP strategy before marketing your products in Latin American countries. By clicking on each element, you will have access to the relevant section of our IP library or, if you wish to clarify any doubts, click on the Helpline to contact our IP team directly.
Diana Yin, Innovation Adviser from UCL Innovation & Enterprise, attended EUREKA Global Innovation Summit (EGIS 2019) and we talked about her experience collaborating with International IP Helpdesks.