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IPR China Helpdesk helps EU companies in the wine industry

Europe’s wineries are well positioned to capitalise on the growth of China’s wine industry. For example, Chinese consumers rely on European imports for 65% of its foreign wine trade. Despite the opportunities in the Chinese market, EU companies need to be aware of the presence of fake wines and...
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New Horizon IP Scan Service to support EU start-ups and SMEs

Is your organisation working in a EIC Pathfinder project? Or working on a research and innovation (R&I) project? Horizon IP Scan Service, a new and free IP advisory service, has been launched by the European Commission. It is designed to support European start-ups and small to medium-sized...
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Stay informed of your IP rights with the China IPR SME Helpdesk

The China IPR SME Helpdesk has published a guide to inform small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of protecting their intellectual property (IP) rights in China. The new publication, titled Guide to using contracts to protect your intellectual property rights in China, addresses the importance of...
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Launch of New Horizon IP Scan Support service for SMEs

The European Commission recently launched the Horizon Intellectual Property (IP) Scan service. This tailored and free-of-charge IP support service is specifically designed to help European start-ups and other SMEs to efficiently manage and valorise IP in collaborative research and innovation efforts...
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IP case study: Keeping trade secrets

Nearly all businesses in all industries and sectors possess trade secrets. Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property that are nevertheless often undervalued and overlooked by their owners. This is particularly the case in the service sector, where the relative...
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Protecting your online IPR in China

China has a population of over 1.3 billion people and as of June 2020, 940 million ‘netizens’ – people actively involved in online communities. With Alibaba Group and JD leading the way, e-commerce is now well developed in China. According to the World Economic Forum, from January to November 2020...
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Protecting your intellectual property at trade fairs

With increasingly integrated global-value chains and the continuous drive to innovate, trade fairs have become one of the most important and most efficient instruments for accessing new markets worldwide. The Latin America IP SME Helpdesk has published a guide for European SMEs which provides an...
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Keeping a trade secret - part two

Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property right (IPR). As the name suggests however, trade secrets are a non-registrable form of intellectual property; they only enjoy legal protection if they are not disclosed publically. It is, therefore, crucial to prevent your...
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Keeping a trade secret - part one

Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property. Nearly all businesses in all industries and sectors have them. Nevertheless, they are often undervalued and overlooked by their owners. This is not least the case in the service sector where the relative value of trade...
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€20 million grant fund to help SMEs maximise intellectual property

A €20 million grant scheme has been launched to help European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access their intellectual property rights. Supported by the European Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund is aimed at...
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Champagne or Sparkling Wine? Geographical indications in China

Champagne, Bordeaux, Parma Ham, Parmesan - each of these products is associated with a certain region and are renowned and trusted for their nature, quality, and authenticity. As a consumer, you are probably more familiar with Scotch, Cognac, and Bavarian beer than unnamed brands claiming to use the...
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European Commission adopts Action Plan on Intellectual Property

The European Commission has published a new Action Plan on Intellectual Property to help companies, especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), make the most of their inventions and creations. Intellectual property (IP) is a key driver for economic growth as it helps companies to valorise...