IPR

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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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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Support study for the ex-post evaluation and ex-ante impact analysis of the IPR enforcement Directive (IPRED)

The study aims to provide “Support for an ex-post evaluation of Directive 2004/48/EC [IPRED] and for an Impact Assessment in view of legislative proposals modernising the enforcement of IPR”. IPRED has been implemented between 2005-2009. A first, early evaluation (2011) could not establish significant impacts. Given the changes – in particular in the digital environment…

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Assessment of the demand for a federal web-based Open Innovation platform for SMEs, public research organisations and universities as well as independent inventors in Germany

Open Innovation (OI) is a new paradigm for collaborative innovation projects. With the advent of advanced internet technologies there are novel technological opportunities to create web-based platforms that facilitate such collaboration – e.g., crowd-sourcing platforms, ideation platforms or platforms that help find partners for the commercialisation of IP. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs…

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Enhancing the intellectual property activities in the firm base in Ireland

The report sets out the key findings and recommendations from a study into intellectual property activity, intellectual property strategies, and barriers to engaging in intellectual property for firms in Ireland, and will serve as a key input for the development of a new national Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Research Management Performance of projects in FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020

The European Commission has asked Technopolis Group in consortium with PwC Advisory to assess the research management performance of Framework Programmes projects. The project involved consultants from various Technopolis and PwC offices, and ran from January 2014 to September 2014. The consortium provided an in-depth analysis of research management performance in FP6 and FP7, as…

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Study on the economic impact of the utility model legislation in selected Member States

This study was an impact assessment of utility model legislation in Europe. In particular, it included an analysis of how this type of patent-like IPR instrument supports incremental innovation. It also scrutinised usage of utility models (motives, barriers) in Europe. We drafted recommendations for the EU and the EC on how to further deal with the…

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Assessment of the economic and societal impacts of patents nominated for the yearly European Inventor Award organised by the European Patent Office

Every year, the European Patent Office (EPO)  awards inventions with proven economic and societal impacts in the categories ‘industry’, ‘SMEs’, ‘research/universities’, ‘non-European countries’ and ‘lifetime achievement’. Technopolis has been, since 2011, repeatedly contracted by the EPO to perform background analyses and valuations of the impacts of patents and inventions nominated for the European Inventor Award  (EIA)….

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