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Important notices on Patents

The Centexbel Patent-Cell offers you regular updates on recent evolutions and decisions in the various European and international Patent Offices.

European Inventor Award 2016

May 2016
The 15 laureates of the ‘European Inventor Award 2016’ are known. 15 indredible inventions that have changed or will change our lives. Have a look at them at the EPO website and vote for your favorite!
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Essencia Innovation Award 2016

May 2016
Do you have an innovation with a touch of chemistry that has been recently disclosed? So why not participate in this year's edition of the Essencia Innovation Award?
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Trade Secrets

April 2016
New EU rules to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets were voted by Parliament on Thursday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the rules will not restrict the work of journalists.
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New fees tarifs pour la marque communautaire

January 2016
From 23 March 2016 onward, the Office will be called the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Community trade mark will be called the European Union trade mark.
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Belgium introduces new patent taxes on 1/1/2016

December 2015
Belgium will abolish several obsolete taxes on patents. So far the good news. The bad news is however that the annual taxes on patents will slightly increase. Anyway, this must not keep you from applying for a Belgian patent.
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IP marketplaces are rocketing

November 2015
E-marketplaces are clearly no longer limited to the Kapaza’s and Ebay’s. For companies holding intellectual property rights it can be interesting to post their patents on these new and emerging IP marketplaces dedicated to intellectual properties and patents.
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Package to modernise European Trade Mark System

September 2015
National trade mark registration in the EU Member States was harmonised 20 years ago and the unitary Community trade mark was created more than 15 years ago. Modernisation is due.
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European patents at affordable prices

July 2015
Under the present regime, European patents, after grant by the EPO, must be validated individually in each country for which patent protection is sought. This results in significant administrative and financial overheads for companies, especially SMEs. A new proposal will reduce these costs considerably.
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Google purchases your patents

June 2015
A rather peculiar experiment by Google
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European Inventor Awards: nominations 2016

May 2015
Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2016 are now open.
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EU framework for protection of trade secrets

April 2015
The new framework aims at making it easier for national courts to deal with the misappropriation of confidential business information, remove the trade secret infringing products from the market and make it easier for victims to receive compensation for illegal actions.
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Benelux Patent Platform

March 2015
The Benelux Patent Platform is at your disposal since the end of 2014 and helps you to retrieve and check the validity of Belgian patents very easily.
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EPO allows reduced fees for certain applicants

February 2015
A revised system for language-related fee reductions pursuant to Rule 6 EPC was introduced by the EPO on 1 April 2014.
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New peak of patent filings

January 2015
EPO recently published the preliminary patent filing figures for 2014.
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essenscia innovation award 2014

26 June 2014
Through this initiative, the federation intends to encourage Belgian companies to innovate even more and to protect their intellectual assets.
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Exceptional inventors honoured with European Inventor Award 2014

17 June 2014
The EPO presented the European Inventor Award 2014 today in Berlin to outstanding inventors or teams, honouring their contribution to social, economic and technological progress.
Industry: Koen Andries (Belgium), Jérôme Guillemont (France) and team
The team was distinguished for its efforts in developing the first new effective tuberculosis (TB) drug in 40 years. Thanks to the research team led by Andries and Guillemont, the disease - including multi-drug resistant forms - can now be treated successfully. The innovative drug quickly cuts off the energy supply in TB bacteria, significantly reducing treatment times and enabling a full recovery.
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Tesla Motors: all our patents belong to you

12 June 2014
Electric car manufacturer Tesla opens up its patents to other manufacturers in order to boost the adoption and technological development of electric cars.
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Nominate an inventor for 2015

April 2014
The European Inventor Award 2015 is now open for entries.
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EPO will revise the taxes and fees as from April 1st, 2014

March 2014
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More than 265 000 patent filings received in 2013 (+2.8%)

February 2014
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EU proposal for the protection of trade secrets

January 2014
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Patents positive effect on profitability of SMEs

December 2013
Although it is often assumed that the advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages, patents have a positive effect on the profitability of SMEs. This has been revealed by research conducted by the University of Groningen and the KU Leuven.
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BOIP adopts English as third language

November 2013
From 1 October 2013 any business with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) can be conducted in English. BOIP is adopting English as a third working language in addition to Dutch and French.
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The times they are a-changin'

Since the introduction of the Community Trade Mark (CTM) nearly 2 decades ago, the law and practice governing CTMs and the harmonisation of national laws has been fairly static. Following the recent study undertaken by the Max Planck Institute, this may all be about to change.
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Trade marks: Commission proposes easier access and more effective protection

April 2013
On March 27th, the European Commission has presented a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems all over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable. The proposed reform would improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits, including fake goods in transit through the EU's territory.
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The select committee for the unitary patent goes live

March 2013
The Committee started the discussion of its rules of procedure and the planning of its further work in the coming months. The EPO has been entrusted with granting and administering unitary patents and will continue to actively support the process.
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EU Customs Action Plan to combat IPR infringements

January 2013
On 10 December 2012 the Council adopted a Resolution on the EU Customs Action Plan to Combat IPR Infringements for the Years 2013-2017.
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Community trade mark

January 2013
Case-law of the European Court of Justice : JUDGMENT OF THE COURT (Second Chamber) [19 December 2012]
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EPO and SIPO launch Chinese-English machine translation for patents

December 2012
As a result, the collections of the two largest languages in patents are now united as full-text documents on the same website through the EPO's global patent database, Espacenet, and linguistically accessible for innovators from both regions using a single tool, Patent Translate.
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European Unitary Patent Approved

December 2012
Cutting the costs of patenting inventions in Europe will strongly benefit European enterprises, especially research centres and SMEs. The vision of the founding fathers of the EPO to equip the European economy with a truly supranational patent system can now become a reality, strengthening Europe's competitiveness
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Fiscal rules stimulate patents

October 2012
Sander De Vrieze explains the stimulating impact of fiscal rules on the role of patents
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First figures on fiscal benefices of patent incomes published

June 2012 (2)
The Belgian authorities have published the first figures on the special tax reduction measure on incomes generated through patented products.
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essenscia Innovation Award Competition

June 2012
This year, essenscia (the Belgian federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences) will hand out its first Innovation Award.
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China the biggest patent filer in the world in 2011

May 2012
It was only a question of time before China filed more patents per year than the USA and Japan.
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EPO and Google remove language barriers

March 2012
In a major step to improve access to patent documents in multiple languages the EPO launched a new machine translation service, called Patent Translate, on the EPO's website.
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Updated classification of trademarks

January 2012
The Nice Classification administered by WIPO in 1957, is a system for the classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks. It was established by a multilateral treaty called the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks.
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Defence against counterfeiting remains simple

November 2011
Is it necessary to annul a second model in order to proceed the case against counterfeiting?
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Best Patented Innovation Award

October 2011
The Best Patented Innovation Award is supported by DIE, the Belgische Dienst voor de Intellectuele Eigendom and rewards a patented technology or product with a very interesting impact on the company in question.
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Mediation service on the way at OHIM

September 2011
OHIM is planning to introduce a mediation service as an alternative to proceeding with an appeal to the Boards of Appeal in trade mark and design cases.
The service will be available from the end of next month through a team of specially-trained mediators drawn from the Office’s staff.
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Single Market Act

June 2011
The Commission will soon present a European Strategy proposal on intellectual property rights.
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OHIM and EPO agree closer cooperation

May 2011
OHIM and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a comprehensive agreement to cooperate more closely on projects to increase the efficiency of the IP system within the EU and globally.
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The news items are chronologically listed in the left hand margin of this page under "Patent News". The most recent ones are published on top of the list.