Intellectual Property Rights and Standards

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) have become an increasingly important means to commercialise and foster innovation activities. This is reflected in indicators such as the number of yearly patent applications at the EPO, which has been steadily rising and is now some 50% higher than a decade ago. Not only patents, but also the significance of other types of IP, such as copyrights, trademarks, designs or informal IP instruments like trade secrets has increased. The broader and more intense ways IPRs are used make the topic of ‘IP management’ of paramount importance for businesses, research organisations and policy makers alike. Technopolis has responded to these growing challenges of our clients by providing up to-date advice for designing, monitoring and assessing IPR policies and strategies.

Study in Support of the Evaluation of the Database Directive

The 1996 Directive on the legal protection of databases (Database Directive) aims at supporting the development of the European database industry. It created a sui generis right protecting investments of database makers, regardless of the originality of databases, and harmonised copyright law applicable to the original databases. This study investigates whether the Database Directive fulfils…

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Evaluation of the application of Regulation 386/2012

This evaluation concerns the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 386/2012 on entrusting the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (former OHIM) with tasks related to the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs), including assembling public- and private-sector representatives as a European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. The evaluation analyses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency,…

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Effects of supplementary protection mechanisms for pharmaceutical products

To stimulate the development of new medicines, various forms of ‘supplementary protections’ exist that give companies extended monopoly rights. This includes: Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), which prolong the patent protection for medicinal products by up to five years; paediatric extensions to SPCs; regulatory protection in the form of data and market exclusivity; as well as…

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European Institute of Innovation and Technology Policy Study

Technopolis supports research organisations in their development, assessment and formulation of IPR strategies. This study – written on behalf of the European Commission, DG EAC, and in collaboration with ISIS Enterprise, the technology transfer firm of the University of Oxford – reviewed the current state of development of the IPR strategies of the first three…

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