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European Patent Office Quality Report 2018

The European Patent Office (EPO) Quality Report 2018 presents the European Patent Office IP-work and the satisfaction of the applicants in the year 2018 in comparison with previous years since 2015. The patent application examination procedure has had since years a large acceptance among applicants. In 2018 the percentage of satisfied applicants went as far as 76%, reaching even the 79% in the mobility and mechatronics sector, the 78% in the...

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European Patent Agreement for more than 40 years

On the 5th October, 1973 came to light the European Patent Agreement, by which 16 member States founded the European Patent Organization. Already in 1977 it was possible to file a European patent application, being valid in the chosen member states. On the 20th December, 1978 (exactly 40 years ago) the first declaration EP 0000001 was published. Since the implementation of the European Patent Agreement the number of member States has increased...

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Property rights for cheese and other foods

Copyrights NO – Patents YES The European Court of Justice (ECJ) determined in the court case C-310/17 that the flavour of the cheese („Heksenkaas“) cannot enjoy any copyright protection within the 2001/29/EG regulation. In case of food flavors there is a lack of a possibility to precisely and objectively identify them. In 2012 a patent was already granted for the process of the „Heksenkaas“ manufacturing. According to...

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Logos of sports clubs

Be careful when designing creative logos for a sports club! As ERLANGER NACHRICHTEN reported on 08.05.2018, the regionally active handball club TV61 Bruck learned that a logo designed by them did not appeal to football club Manchester United. Reason should be the similarity of the logos. The handball club has meanwhile designed a new emblem. In general, one should not be too much guided by existing, possibly world-famous logos in the design of a...

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Germany’s most innovative university is the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

According to the latest ranking of the American-Canadian media group REUTERS, the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg occupies the 5th place in Europe and even the 1st place in Germany as the most innovative university. The ranking of innovation of each university is determined by ten different parameters, such as the number of scientific publications, patent applications and joint developments with the industry. Of course, the...

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World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2018

In 2000, WIPO member states launched the “World IP Day” (World Intellectual Property Day) to increase the general understanding of intellectual property. The “World IP Day” was the day the WIPO Convention came into force. This is the reason why the “World IP Day” will be held again this year on April 26th. In this regard, many lectures, informative meetings and workshops are offered worldwide. These events can be found on the WIPO...

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