A small revolution is about to happen in European Patent Practice. Professionals in IP have been brought up with the notion that after grant, a European patent is nothing more than a bundle of national patents in a number of European member states. The bundle often only covers three to six countries, and even though you might like to have a patent that covers the whole of Europe, the costs, in practice, are hard to justify. With the European Unitary

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On Tuesday February 2, 2016 IPEG Consultant Severin de Wit gave a Workshop for the Netherlands Association of Insolvency Attorneys (Insolad). The presentation for that workshop "Intellectuele Eigendom en Insolventie" is in Dutch and can be found here (for videos, click on the picture and you will see a bar with a "play" and "pause" button). Enjoy! Op dinsdag 2 februari 2016 gaf IPEG consultant Severin de Wit een workshop voor de Vereniging Insolventierecht Advocaten (Insolad) onder de titel: "IE en

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Pull vs Push is well known in marketing and supply chain logistics. Push marketing brings content to the user. Also known as “traditional marketing,” push is the grandmother of modern marketing. Direct mail marketing, such as catalogs and brochures, are prime examples of push marketing. Yes, you guessed it, pull marketing is the opposite of push marketing. This type of marketing “pulls” a consumer into the business. Meaning: the customer seeks out your company. Today’s consumer is an avid researcher. He or she

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“What’s the value of my IP” is a question that comes up in the mind of a lot of IP owners, enticed by news of lavishly priced IP rights, they would like to see if they can get their IP monetized in a similar lucrative way. For the companies that receive the question whether they can valuate the IP this is not always good news. “It depends”  is mostly not a reply that is welcomed by a hopeful IP owner,

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Altobridge was a privately held Irish technology company that developed wireless network solutions. Its products were designed to enable telecoms operators to deliver low-cost GSM and 3G wireless broadband to unconnected rural and remote communities. The company was founded in Ireland in 2002 by Mike Fitzgerald, Guy Waugh and Bart Kane. Their goal was to use research and development to remove technical and commercial barriers that often denied remote communities from affordable mobile voice and mobile internet connectivity. Their 'lite-site'

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No this blog is not about glue or adhesive. Rather, it looks at the degree to which the existing use of a product or service  - in this case a IP products or services - encourages it's continued use as opposed to that of a competitor. This stickiness is sometimes called ‘lock-in’, customer retention or simply loyalty, although some would argue that these are similar but not identical. “Stickiness” may be defined as a method of acquiring and retaining customers, by

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A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others, and by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. The scope of trade secrets is virtually unlimited. A trade secret is therefore defined as any information that is: Not generally known to the relevant business circles or to the public. The information should also not be readily accessible. Confers some sort

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E-commerce is the buying and selling of products and services, or the transmitting of funds or associated data, over the Internet. These business transactions occur either business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business. It is estimated that there are about 20 million e-commerce stores selling products on the internet around the world today, and generating more than one trillion US dollars in revenue. The world's largest markets for e-commerce are the United States of America, China, and the United Kingdom with electronics, fashion,

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The time period from filing a patent application to receiving a patent can last many years.  In technologies such as software, biotechnology and communications, patent offices' backlogs often result in a three year (or longer) delay for an application is even reviewed. Many single, mostly small, inventors who file a patent application would like to license their invention before the patent grants. In many cases this turns out to be impossible. Where they seek professional advice they are more often

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Under the title "Patent rights, property, exclusivity and how a newborn reaching the age of maturity will experience the Patent system, if there is still one" IPEG consultant Severin de Wit wrote this essay in a book (Liber Amicorum) contributed to Charles Gielen at Nauta Dutilh upon his departure as Professor of Intellectual Property of the University of Groningen (Netherlands).  The essay reflects on how a 2015 newborn will look at intellectual property in 2033 -the year he reaches maturity

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Most innovative businesses provide rewards and some form of recognition to inventors. There are two main reasons for having a reward and recognition program in place for inventors. Firstly in certain jurisdictions there are legal requirements to take into consideration, like e.g. Germany. Secondly and more importantly, a good comprehensive reward and recognition program encourages and motivates innovation and creativity. The components of a reward and recognition program may include such elements as financial awards, plaques, patent festivals or celebrations, all

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The International Licensing Platform Vegetable Association (ILP) was founded on 13 November 2014 with the aim of improving the worldwide access to and use of plant traits. The platform applies exclusively to vegetable varieties. On the same day, the background to the ILP, including the story behind its formation and its scope, was a central topic at the symposium called ‘Breeding and Protecting, access to plant-related patents’ (Veredelen en Beschermen, toegang tot plant gerelateerde octrooien) which was organized in Wageningen

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