The Most and Least Inventive Cities in Europe

2011 data from the European Patent Office (EPO) shows that Europe is a hub of innovation. The most innovative European cities include: Eindhoven, the Netherlands: 250 patent applications per 100,000 people Regensburg, Germany: 83.8 applications per 100,000 people. Aachen, Germany… Continue Reading →

UK to Ratify the Unified Patent Court

The UK is to ratify plans to create a patent court that will span the European Union. It had been expected that Britain would pull out of plans to create a single European patent system following the Brexit decision to leave… Continue Reading →

Obtaining Cost Effective Patent Protection in Europe

Once a European patent application has been granted patentees must choose to validate the granted application in one or more European countries. Once grant fees have been paid to the European Patent Office (EPO) a European patent will be awarded…. Continue Reading →

Recent Survey Confirms Intellectual Property is Good for the European Economy

A second EU-wide study was recently published by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).  The study concerned the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) (i.e. patents, trade marks, designs, copyright) on the European economy… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: What fuels innovation?

Is there a formula to successful innovation? If so, what are the components that make up a truly innovative company, whether it’s a start-up or an established company? The Global Innovation Index, which is compiled every year by INSEAD business… Continue Reading →

UK on track to Create World’s Third Largest Biotech Cluster

According to the latest BioIndustry Association (BIA) report the UK is set to create world’s third largest biotech cluster for biosciences (behind the two leading US biotech clusters of Boston and San Francisco) due to UK investment in the sector…. Continue Reading →

Is Brexit Responsible for the UK Decrease in EU Trade Mark & Design Applications?

Filings of EU Trade Mark and EU Design applications by UK applicants have recently fallen for the first time since the economic crisis of 2008-2009. The number of EU Trade Mark applications filed by UK applicants in 2016 fell 7%… Continue Reading →

Europe’s Unified Patent Court to Open in December 2017

It was recently announced that Europe’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) has a target opening date of 1 December 2017.  When operational the UPC will hear disputes relating to unitary patents, a new form of patent protection that will be valid… Continue Reading →

EU IPO Observatory Study Shows Trade Secrets Used More Than Patents in Europe

A report entitled “Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms” was recently published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).  The report looked at how innovation was protected with patents and trade secrets in… Continue Reading →

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