Copyright reform: promote cultural diversity and ensure access to it, say MEPs

Copyright reform: promote cultural diversity and ensure access to it, say MEPs

Forthcoming proposals to reform EU copyright law for the digital era must ensure a fair balance between the rights and interests of both creators and consumers, said MEPs on Thursday. They called for ways to improve access to online content across borders, while recognizing the importance of territorial licences, particularly for TV and film productions. […]

EU Delegations Network (IP leads) meeting

EU Delegations Network (IP leads) meeting

The Office for harmonization in the internal market OHIM, through the Observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights, in partnership with the European Commission DG TRADE’s IP Unit, launched the EU Delegation Network in 2014. The objectives of the network are to increase the effectiveness with which EU Delegations deal with intellectual property matters; help EU […]

EPO Social Report 2014

EPO Social Report 2014

The European patent office has just published the Social Report 2014, which provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the office. As the two previous editions, the report aims at creating a better understanding of the current social situation at the EPO, and of the challenges ahead. Using a set of indicators, it […]

Notice of the President of EPO concerning problems caused by the closure of banks in Greece

Notice of the President of EPO concerning problems caused by the closure of banks in Greece

1. In view of the problems caused by the closure of banks in Greece and the ban on cross-border payments[1], attention is drawn to the general legal remedies provided for under the European Patent Convention and under the Patent Cooperation Treaty in case of non-observance of time limits for making payments and, in particular, to […]

Logo to make sure consumers of online medicines are safe

Logo to make sure consumers of online medicines are safe

With Europeans increasingly buying medicines online, how can we be sure that an online pharmacy is authentic and safe? The European Commission has adopted an implementing Regulation under the Falsified Medicinal Products Directive (2011/62/EU) which sets out the design for a common logo for online pharmacies, and the technical requirements for ensuring its authenticity. What […]

European Aggregator of Legal Offers

European Aggregator of Legal Offers

The kick-off meeting of the European Aggregator of Legal Offers Project took place at OHIM. The aim of the project is to build a single portal which enables consumers to identify legal offers – i.e. where to buy legally- for music, films, games, books, TV and sports events for all the European Union. Representatives from […]

Winners of the 17th annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards

Winners of the 17th annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards

The winners of the seventeenth annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards, sponsored by Reconnaissance International’s Authentication News™ and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network were announced in Paris on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day.  The awards were made as a continuing recognition of special achievements by organisations, companies and individuals. John Anderson, Chairman of the GACG Network of national […]

Business friendly fee pattern adopted for the Unitary Patent

Business friendly fee pattern adopted for the Unitary Patent

The Select Committee of the Administrative Council of the EPO endorsed the True Top 4 proposal tabled by the European Patent Office on renewal fees applicable to the unitary patent. At the meeting held by the EPO and the EU Member States participating in the unitary patent, the proposal was adopted with the required ¾ […]

Global dossier now extended to include USPTO data

Global dossier now extended to include USPTO data

The EPO has extended the Global dossier service to include file wrapper data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The project is an initiative by the EPO, JPO, KIPO, China’s State Industrial Property Office (SIPO) and the USPTO, collectively referred to as the IP5 offices, who agreed to make available information produced […]

European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee supportive of revised UP fee proposal

European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee supportive of revised UP fee proposal

EPO President Benoît Battistelli addressed the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in Brussels on 15 June at the invitation of JURI Chairman Pavel Svoboda MEP. Benoît Battistelli gave Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) an introduction to the European patent system and the EPO’s role and objectives, before updating them on the state of […]

Companies owning IP rights have higher revenue than competitors

Companies owning IP rights have higher revenue than competitors

Companies owning intellectual property rights (IPRs) have, in general, 29% higher revenue per employee, about six times as many employees and pay wages that are up to 20% higher than firms which do not own IPRs. These are the main findings of a study carried out by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market […]

Trade secrets: freedom of expression must be protected, say legal affairs MEPs

Trade secrets: freedom of expression must be protected, say legal affairs MEPs

Plans to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were backed by the legal affairs committee on Tuesday. The committee clarified the draft rules to ensure respect for freedom of expression and information, including media freedom, and provide adequate protection for whistle-blowers. “Fighting against economic and industrial espionage, […]

EU copyright reform must balance rightholders’ and users’ interests, say MEPs

EU copyright reform must balance rightholders’ and users’ interests, say MEPs

Forthcoming proposals to reform EU copyright law for the digital era and EU digital single market must protect Europe’s cultural diversity and citizens’ access to it, whilst striking a fair balance between the rights and interests of rightholders and users, say Legal Affairs Committee MEPs in a non-legislative resolution. “In this report, Parliament recognises that […]

Modernising European trademark legislation

Modernising European trademark legislation

Trademark registration would be quicker and more efficient for businesses under draft rules informally agreed between MEPs and the Latvian presidency. The rules, aimed to foster economic growth by modernising trademark registration and protection rules, would also help to fight against counterfeit goods in transit. “Today’s deal will ensure that the trademark registration will be […]

European Inventor Award 2015 - the winners

European Inventor Award 2015 – the winners

Lifetime achievement Andreas Manz (Switzerland) was honoured for the invention of microlab chip technology. Thanks to his work it is now possible to conduct complex medical, biological or chemical analyses quickly and efficiently on microchips no bigger than just a few millimetres in size. The pioneer in research on microfluidics therefore paved the way for […]