New versions of the Nice Classification and International Patent Classification are available

From January 1, 2022, a NEW VERSION of the NICE CLASSIFICATION of goods and services for the registration of trademarks and of the INTERNATIONAL PATENT CLASSIFICATION (IPC) for patents and utility models based on technological areas is in force. The new classifications are available at the following links: 2022 Nice Classification https://www.wipo.int/classifications/en/news/nice/2021/news_0002.html 2022  International  Patent [...]

2022-02-05T16:42:27+01:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: , |

UPC preparation phase officially starts

On January 19th, 2022 Austria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol for the Provisional Application of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) with the European Council. Preparation for the Unified Patent Court can officially start. For additional info

2022-01-20T12:38:50+01:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: , |

EU enforcement of IP rights

In 2020 in the EU detained items by customs authorities were worth almost EUR 2 billion. Clothing accessories were the leading category, both in terms of the number of items detained and estimated value. As in previous years, China is the main source of origin for the majority of fake and counterfeit goods entering the [...]

2021-12-06T13:16:49+01:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: , , |

2020 World Intellectual Property Indicators Report

WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators Report (WIPI) also shows that worldwide trademark-filing activity boomed in 2020, defying a global economic downturn and signaling vibrant entrepreneurship and the introduction of new goods and services in response to the pandemic. Also patent and industrial designs filing activity rebounded. The report shows how innovators, designers and [...]

Building stronger Intellectual Property strategy capabilities

Supporting SMEs to succeed with Open Innovation “Building stronger Intellectual Property strategy capabilities: Supporting SMEs to succeed with Open Innovation” is a European Commission study, which analyses SMEs and the relationship between Intellectual Property (IP) and Open Innovation (OI). Many SMEs pioneer new technologies, products, services and software and they are more frequently engage in [...]

2021-11-03T10:56:27+01:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: , , |

Misuse of e-commerce for trade in counterfeits

Following spectacular growth over last years, e‑commerce is becoming a key platform for consumers. However, seizures of counterfeits from e‑commerce purchases represent the majority of all counterfeit seizures. 56% of custom seizures at EU borders involve e-commerce. COVID‑19 has intensified the problem with criminal networks reacting very quickly to the crisis and adapting their strategies [...]

Ideas Powered for Business

Ideas Powered for Business is a SME Fund created to help European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop their IP strategies and protect their IP rights, at national, regional or EU level Supported by the European Commission and the EUIPO, Ideas Powered for Business includes the following services: 75% off IP pre-diagnostic services (IP [...]

2021-06-28T11:03:55+02:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: , , , , |

Intellectual property rights and firm performance in the European Union

By effectively protecting their intellectual capital through patents, trademarks and designs, creative and innovative companies can secure financing, grow, collaborate and create value. But how does owning Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) impact their economic performance? This joint report by the EUIPO and the EPO highlights that firms that own IPRs generate 20% higher revenues per [...]

2021-02-10T12:24:39+01:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: , , , , , |

Impact of IPR intensive industries in the EU

The 4th edition of the study "Impact of IPR intensive industries in the EU" confirms the economic benefits for the European economy of trademarks, designs, patents, copyright, and other IPRs. It provides an updated assessment of the contribution of industries that make intensive use of the various types of intellectual property rights (IPRs) to the [...]

2021-01-11T15:25:31+01:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: , |

Nice Classification for goods and services

The 11th edition of the Nice Classification system entered into force on January 1, 2021. The Nice Classification is a system used to classify goods and services for the registration of trademarks. Under the Nice Classification, related goods and services are grouped together under various categories or classes, each with their own unique heading. The [...]

2021-01-11T14:54:23+01:00Categories: NEWS EN|Tags: |
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