Intellectual property matters can be complex and full of legal jargon. The purpose of the IP Helpdesk is to help you navigate this landscape and provide you with the tools to better understand how IP applies to your business, product or R&D activities and results. This will allow you to make informed and strategic decisions regarding your assets.
Please click on the links below to find out more about the different types of IP and IP rights. Or if you would like to get a better grasp of IP in a certain context, you can delve deeper into separate pages on: Getting Started, IP in Business, Enforcement and Infringements, IP & Thematic areas, IP in EU-funded Research Projects.
Click here to find out more about intellectual property basics and to understand how IP could apply to your business.
IP is an integral part of doing business. In this section you will find out how IP applies to various aspects of a business cycle.
There might come a moment that your intellectual property is infringed. If so, you’ll want to enforce your rights. Please click here to find out more about the enforcement of your IP.
IP is an integral part of doing business. The fact that it is so ingrained in nearly everything in a business cycle adds a layer of complexity. In this section we unpack these linkages for you and highlight how IP is linked to a number of key trends and thematic areas.
A strong understanding of IP is essential at various stages of an EU-funded project: starting with a successful proposal, through smooth project implementation to sound exploitation of research results. Here you will find all you need to know about the impact of proficient IP management throughout the lifecycle of a research and innovation project.
Resources and tools
IP resource library
- Country factsheets: Europe | China | Latin America | South-East Asia | India
- IP guides: Europe | China | South-East Asia
- Case studies: Europe | China | Latin America | South-East Asia | India
- Infographics: Europe | China | Latin America | South-East Asia | India
- Videos: Europe | Latin America | South-East Asia | India
Managing IP regionally
IP systems, legislation and practices vary across the world. It is therefore that the IP Helpdesk provides specific information for a number of key regions: China, Europe, India, Latin America and South-east Asia. Click on the links below to find out more about the IP specificities in these regions!
The GC ruled on the applicability of article 17 of the DSM Directive. Apple sues start-up for trade secret infringement.
Recent case law from the General Court and an update on the “Wavy Baby” case.
A comprehensive manual on GIs in Africa has been developed by several experts under the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation project in Africa (AfrIPI).
The European Court of Auditors has published a report in which it criticises the EU’s legal framework for the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) as not effective enough.
Both Portuguese and Brazilian INPIs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation activities between the two IP Offices
A jury of industry and media representatives has selected the annual winners of the Plagiarius Competition for the most blatant plagiarised goods.
The Community Plant Variety Rights System is an essential motor for the EU economy and the environment, a new study by the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) finds.
Have your say on the development of the new European Innovation Agenda.
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have published a joint report on “Deep tech innovation in smart connected technologies”, in which they compare the performance of European and US-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the 4IR technology sector.
Check the recent special report of the Europe-India Business Council on the latest developments of Climate Action collaboration between both regions. We are happy to highlight the article drafted by our colleague Joel Fernandes in this report.
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