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IP promotes European trade and investment, which are set to rise with new EU Patent
Date: 28/11/2017
Trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) among the EU’s national member states are already substantial in intellectual-property intensive sectors such as ICT, pharma, medical devices and other technology based sectors, but are set to rise further as the new EU Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) come into effect, according to a new European Patent Office (EPO) study conducted by a team of economists from the EPO, the University of Colorado Boulder and the London School of Economics.
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IP and other ‘intangible capital’ provide 30% of the value of manufactured goods
Date: 27/11/2017
Whilst labour and tangible capital such as buildings and machinery are vital for firms to produce and generate income from manufactured goods, ‘intangible capital’ such as technology, branding and other intellectual property now represents 30.4% of the total value derived from manufactured products world-wide.
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Innovation and Patenting on the Rise in China
Date: 16/11/2017
Chinese companies are increasingly active users of the patent system to protect their inventions locally and worldwide, as domestic companies in the electronics, machinery, communications and other sectors are upping their investments in R&D and focusing on innovation.
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EU IP Office: Thousands of e-shops sell counterfeits using formerly legitimate domains
Date: 27/10/2017
Twenty-seven thousand e-shops have been found selling counterfeit products in four European countries, with the majority of such e-shops using web domains that had previously been registered to other legitimate organisations, including government, business and educational institutions.
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Pharma industry and WIPO team up to provide better patent information about medicines
Date: 23/10/2017
This month’s announcement that the UN intellectual property organisation and the international pharmaceutical industry have teamed up to develop an international database of pharma patent data represents a large step towards improving the information needed by agencies charged with making decisions about and procuring medicines in their countries.
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Wearable technology, supported by IP, benefits athletes and health professionals
Date: 17/10/2017
Wearable technology, from the simplest FitBit trackers to sophisticated wearable sensors such as those developed by dorsaVi, for physiotherapy, athletic and industry professionals, is booming. The continuing success of wearable tech is aided by intellectual property protections such as patents and trademarks that help their developers get funding and develop new markets.
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Women in Intellectual Property: “Go for It!”
Date: 26/09/2017
“Women have played an important role in IP from the dawn of this age,” says Joan Mill, Executive Vice President, EMEA Sales of CPA Global, in a new video interview with Ideas Matter. “We now have women in IP awards, we have women in IP conferences – that just gives an indication of how far we’ve come.”
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New initiative seeks joined-up approach to combat illicit trade
Date: 21/09/2017
“Illicit trade not only results in business losses in the economy, but also destabilises society by fueling corruption and criminal activity at the local level,” said Jeff Hardy, Director-General of the new Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) in an interview this week with Ideas Matter. “Government agendas even in such areas as working to achieve the UN sustainable development goals are undermined by illicit trafficking of commercial goods.”
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Trademark sectors make substantial contribution to ASEAN economies
Date: 18/09/2017
Trademark-intensive sectors account for a substantial part of ASEAN countries’ GDP, exports, and jobs, according to a new Frontier Economics study of the role of these sectors in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
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Managing the IP risks of Cloud services
Date: 24/07/2017
We are witnessing an unprecedented digital transformation as more and more aspects of our lives become interconnected, from self-driving cars and the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) to the apps that deliver our groceries and schedule our maintenance appointments. It’s an exciting time for developers, startups and tech companies, as well as established businesses across industries that might be thinking about using digital and Cloud-based services for the first time. However, with a new pace of innovation comes a complex world of new challenges and hidden landmines, not least of which are the potential lawsuits over intellectual property (IP) in such new developments and services.
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