The EPO has undertaken a survey on the role of patent information in the process of innovation.

In the case of collaborative R&D projects, companies sign agreements on how the results of joint research should be shared. However, too often, they neglect legally applicable restrictions relating to competition.

To contribute towards a more balanced patent system within our interconnected world, Google is launching shared licences for Android.

Marie-Eve Comblen, Deloitte, details the potential problems and offers solutions relating to the confidentiality and non-competition obligations incumbent upon company employees.

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The Sirris Patent Cell is the contact point where tech companies can obtain information, advice and services in the field of intellectual property.

Tanguy de Haan, Lawyer, NautaDutilh Brussels, offers an insight into what a shape mark is, the grounds for refusal of this type of brand distinction and the scope of protective measures it can offer.

The European Patents Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently published their second European study on the impact of intellectual property rights (IPR) on the European economy in terms of GDP, employment, salaries and external trade.

You can save both time and money by conducting an early check to see whether a similar trademark to yours has already been registered. Sirris can show you how to use the TMview database to locate the necessary information.

Statistics indicate an important increase in patent applications across the globe for 2015 (2.9 million) under the impetus of China. Other intellectual property rights continue to enjoy increased success.

Within our digital world, the European Commission is working on reforming copyright. Copyright may, in particular, be simplified for scientific and educational purposes, hence facilitating text mining and data mining.