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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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European Patent Office Publishes Strategic Plan 2023

The idea behind the EPO’s Strategic Plan is to create “a roadmap for achieving a more sustainable patent office for Europe, better equipped to succeed in an evolving IP landscape” said EPO President António Campinos. “We intend to be a more adaptable and agile organisation that can support inventors everywhere with improved and more responsive…
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The World’s Five Largest Patent Offices Form AI Task Force

On their annual meeting in Incheon (South Korea), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) agreed to launch a new task force. The mission of the task force is to…
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IPA4SME call re-opened

The IPA4SME call has been re-opened on 8 July 2019, given the overwhelming response to the first cut-off date of the IPA4SME Action, and the initially allocated budget not being sufficient to provide support to all of the services requested by the applicants. For this reason, new Rules for Implementation are being defined in order…
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Expert Report: 100 Radical Innovation Breakthroughs

The European Commission recently published an independent expert report identifying “100 radical innovation breakthroughs for the future”.  Combining machine learning algorithms and human evaluation, a team of experts identified central emerging developments.The report is a foresight study displaying the progress and outlook for 100 ground breaking social and technological innovations. As Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General…
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Guest Article: AI is Changing How Products are Bought and by Definition Will Change Trade Mark Law

At its very basic level, trade mark law is about how the public buy products and their interaction with brands. After all, a trade mark is defined as a sign which distinguishes the products of one undertaking from another undertaking. The ‘distinguishing’ happens when the public consider products carrying brands pre-purchase, purchase products carrying those…
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New EU-Mercosur trade deal

The European Union and Mercosur states – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – reached on 28th June a political agreement for an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive trade deal. The goal of this new EU-Mercosur trade agreement is to: Remove market barriers and help EU firms – especially smaller ones – export more; Strengthen workers’ rights…
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UKIPO publishes a report on patents related to AI

On the basis of the report published earlier this year by WIPO on the technology trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the UKIPO decided to publish a report focusing on the same technology trends, but at UK level. This report seeks to take a closer look at the patenting activity in the UK in the AI sector.…
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New: European Innovation Scoreboard 2019

The European Commission (EC) has published the 2019 editions of the European Innovation Scoreboard and Regional Innovation Scoreboard at the beginning of the week. Both show that the EU’s innovation performance has been improving for four years in a row. For the first time ever, Europe’s innovation outperforms that of the United States. However, the…
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