on 30 May 2016
IP Europe salue la déclaration de soutien de l’Union Européenne aux normes européennes dans l’innovation et la technologie.
on 4 May 2016
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.
on 31 March 2016
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.
on 21 March 2016
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.
on 17 March 2016
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.
on 17 March 2016
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.”
on 26 February 2016
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.
on 19 February 2016
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.
on 19 February 2016
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.
on 10 February 2016
The SME Innovative Associate programme intends to provide small companies with increased access to specialised skills and knowledge by encouraging mobility.