Déclaration du Conseil sur la standardisation des TIC pour le Marché Unique Numérique

IP Europe salue la déclaration de soutien de l’Union Européenne aux normes européennes dans l’innovation et la technologie.

Let's keep Europe innovating!

We are accustomed to assume that companies taking the risk of creating new technologies can get a fair return on investment while manufactures that license the technology on Fair and Non – Discriminatory ( FRAND ) terms can make products without having to invest in their own risky R&D. But lately there have been attempts to waken FRAND in ways that would discourage invention companies’ participation. The result would be proprietary technology platforms that offer consumers little choice instead of standardization, and that would dash European hopes for the digital single market. We hope policy maker will recognize the danger of upsetting a balanced, fair-for-all FRAND-based open standards system that produced some of the most profound advances in the history of humankind and kindled widespread economic growth.

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.”

20,000 businesses in Spain to benefit from new SME financing deals

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Compañía Española de Reafianzamiento (CERSA) – part of the Spanish Ministry of Industry - have signed the first InnovFin and COSME counter-guarantee agreements in Spain. These transactions benefit from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe.

A public consultation to be launched on the next R&D European program (after H2020)

Robert-Jan Smits, director-general for research and innovation, tells the Science|Business annual conference the European Commission is to launch a public consultation on the successor to Horizon 2020 in the autumn.

UPC – one step closer from Germany's ratification

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) yesterday published the first draft of legislation that will make it possible for Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.  The draft bill was published, together with a second draft bill to implement the Unitary patent system into German law.

EU launches SME Innovation Associate Programme

The SME Innovative Associate programme intends to provide small companies with increased access to specialised skills and knowledge by encouraging mobility.