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Release of Annual Edition of Global Innovation Index by WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its annual edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) that ranks the innovation performance of 129 countries and economies around the world. The GII is based on 80 indicators including money spent on R&D as well as the number of international patent and trademark applications and other factors.…
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Tecniospring INDUSTRY Programme: 1st call for proposals now open!

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) has opened the 1st call of Tecniospring INDUSTRY programme which will run until 30 September 2019. This international talent programme provides 100% financial support for companies and technology centres to hire experienced researchers to develop 2-year applied research projects. Its major objectives are to boost technology transfer processes…
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Soft-Landing Missions for Start-ups and Scale-ups

You can now apply for a series of free, fully-organised start-up missions by Startup Europe – an initiative of the European Commission, which falls under its priority of the ‘Digital Single Market’. Learn how to internationalise your scale-up, make new connections, learn about the legal/tax environment and meet investors and VCs. Previous participants have found…
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CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA1) on 5G and IoT-Connected Products

Developers of cellular telecommunications standards have teamed-up with leading consumer electronics brands to provide practical guidance for businesses interested in making 5G and IoT-connected products. The guidance – called “Principles and guidance for licensing Standard Essential Patents in 5G and the Internet of Things, including the Industrial Internet” – sets out a consensus view of…
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Reminder: Share your views on future objectives for EU-funded research!

With discussions on future directions, priorities and objectives for the next EU research and innovation programme “Horizon Europe” (2021-27) well underway, the European Commission has recently launched an online consultation.  The survey gives you the unique opportunity to share your views on the most pressing challenges, topics and impacts the new framework programme should help…
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Nominate Your Favourite for the European Inventor Award

The nomation period for the European Inventor Award 2020 by the European Patent Office (EPO) in now open: This award is unique in that it honours inventors not only for the genius of their scientific or technological breakthroughs, but also for the impact their invention has on society and the economy, putting a spotlight on…
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New ISO Series: International Standards on Innovation Management

Innovation isn’t just having a few bright ideas. It’s about creating value and helping organisations continuously adapt and evolve. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing a new series of International Standards on innovation management, the third of which has just been published. ISO 56002, Innovation management — Innovation management system — Guidance, covers all aspects of…
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CWA2 Published: Core Principles and Approaches for Licensing of Standard Essential Patents

The Fair Standards Alliance has published a useful guide on “Core Principles and Approaches for Licensing of Standard Essential Patents” (CWA2), which is now available online. The CWA2 project was launched within the framework of a so-called CEN CENELEC Workshop Agreement, with the support of Deutsche Institut für Normung (DIN).  56 organisations from a diverse…
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New Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market

On 15 April 2019, the European Council approved the Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market. This Directive intends to make EU copyright rules fit for the digital age. Unlike regulations, the Directive is not directly applicable and will require the transposition into the national legal systems of each member state.…
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4iP Council launches new "4SMEs" website area

4iP Council recently launched a new, practical ‘4SMEs’ website area to help innovative businesses draw economic and strategic value from IP. The area: •    explains and compares different types of IP, •    points to the different routes for registering IP, •    communicates the strategic impacts of IP and •    educates stakeholders on decision pathways for…
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