3 Commission consultations on the next H2020 work programme (2018-2020) closing on April 30

Three new public consultations on the next EU R&D work programme (2018-2020) were annouved by the European Commission. The of these consultaitons is to collect ideas on the new R&D theme that the EU should be investing in. 

Commissioner Bieńkowska announces measures to help research centres and SMEs to better use their IP & inventions

Answering a parliamentary question on the protection of intellectual property rights and SMEs by MEP Therese Comodini Cachia (PPE, Malta), Commissioner Bieńkowska referred to the Communication  ‘Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business’ published on 28 October 2015, and stated that a package of measures to assist small entities such as start-ups, universities, research centres and young entrepreneurs to better use Intellectual Property Rights in order to exploit their creations and inventions, will be implemented within the same timeframe of the Unitary Patent system, supporting therefore the uptake of unitary patents by innovative SMEs.

IP Europe presents impact of new U.S. IEEE patent rules on innovative SMEs and calls for EU action

On March 17, IP Europe presented the effects of the new US IEEE patents rules and their implications on European innovators to the EU Market Access Committee. Referring to concrete examples, IP Europe asked all government representatives in attendance to “put themselves in the shoes of the innovative SME that have to defend their patents in front of large implementers" –citing the IEEE US corporate sponsors.

T-TIP to include an SME chapter says EU Trade Commissionner Malmström

In an answer to an EU parliamentary question, Ms Cecilia Malmström stated that : “to ensure that SMEs take more advantage of trade agreements, the Commission will include SME provisions in future agreements. For the first time the EU is negotiating an SME chapter in an FTA (TTIP), which will include cooperation, information sharing and an SME Committee.”