EUIPO OBSERVATORY: 2022 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SME SCOREBOARD
The EUIPO Observatory has recently released the 2022 Intellectual Property SME Scoreboard, a follow-up to the 2016 and 2019 editions.
This new edition’s data, collected from 8.372 SMEs in the 27 EU Member States, shows that only 10% of European SMEs registered IPRs. Nonetheless, almost all (93%) experienced a positive impact of registration on their business, namely an improved reputation or image of the company, better IP protection, better long-term business prospects, and financial gain from their registered IPRs.
The reasons for not registering are that SMEs do not see additional benefits from registering IPRs (35%), they don’t consider their intellectual asset innovative enough for IP protection (20%), they lack knowledge (19%) or registration requirements are not met (19%).
Also, 15% of SMEs with registered IPRs have suffered a loss of turnover and reputation due to IPRs infringement and decided to enforce them.
Such data are key to implementing the European Commission’s SME strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe and IP action plan, as well as EUIPO’s initiatives aimed at supporting European SMEs.
To read the full report, please click here. To read the executive summary, please click here. To consult the infographics please click here.
Following the special focus on SMEs by the European Commission and the EUIPO, ECTA established the ECTA SME Task Force in 2021 to assist our Association in taking active part in the EU debate and activities related to SMEs. ECTA aims to contribute to more and better use of IP by SMEs as well as to highlight the relevant role of IP practitioners in bringing this about.
The EUIPO Observatory has released four new publications, namely:
1) The Economic performance of IPR indicators, June 2022 update which presents the results for the second quarter of 2022 for all IPRs (trade marks, designs, patents, copyright).
2) The Transport and Logistics Discussion Paper which analyses trends, challenges as well as existing and developing good practices to prevent the misuse of these intermediary services for IP-infringing activities.
3) The IPR Intensity and Industrial dynamics report which analyses the interplay between changes in IPR intensity and the evolution of EU industries. Innovation is the most likely factor contributing to the increase in productivity and more intense IPR activity.
4) The Automated Content Recognition Phase 2 Discussion Paper - ‘IP enforcement and management use cases’ which focuses on the uses of ACR technologies (watermarking, fingerprinting, AI-based solutions) and their potential as tools to support IPRs protection and management, through a series of use cases.
To read these new reports, please follow this link to the Observatory publications page.
ECTA Workshop on the Metaverse and NFTs in Ljubljana (14 October 2022)
Register for the workshop ‘Metaverse and NFTs: How not to get lost’ on-site only in Ljubljana (Grand Hotel Union, White Hall, 14 October 2022, 16.00-18.00 CET)!
Chris Hoole (Appleyard Lees, UK) will moderate a panel of experts comprised of Laurent Nowak (Plasseraud IP, FR), Myrtha Hurtado Rivas (Nestlé, CH), Marie-Laure Bonnaffous (Luxottica, IT), and Leila Fisher (The Golden Sturgeon, BE).
This workshop forms part of the ECTA Autumn Meeting in Ljubljana, a two-day ECTA event reserved for ECTA Supervisory Board and Committee members. The workshop is free of charge and will be on-site only (no broadcast will be provided).
If you are not attending the Autumn Meeting but wish to register for the workshop ONLY, please do so HERE. ECTA Supervisory Board and Committee members who are registered for the Autumn Meeting do NOT need to register separately for the workshop!
Read the ECTA Design Committee Working Paper on Graphical User Interfaces
Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) allow users to interact with graphics appearing on electronic devices (e.g. smartphones), typically by clicking on the screen icons to execute commands of the program or, in extension, the device. GUIs are then directly connected to user experience with a relevant impact on the consumers' choice of products and companies devote significant resources to their development. This means that appropriate IP protection of GUIs is a relevant economic issue and, according to recent WIPO statistics, this is among the fastest-growing areas of design applications.
In light of this, the Design Committee has worked on a paper which explains the current state of play of GUIs and their eligibility for design protection, regardless of the possibility of claiming copyright protection in some cases. The paper also focuses on the most relevant challenges users can face when obtaining protection, as well as addresses those posed by animated GUIs and the problematic limitation of the number of views when representing designs in applications. The relationship of GUIs with the physical product to which it is applied is also a key aspect to be considered by users. Other practical aspects for design applications for GUIs are highlighted by way of example. Particularly, in an international context, special requirements in different jurisdictions should be born in mind when devising a filing strategy to obtain protection.
The paper is available for ECTA members only in the Private Site/Library/Project Reports.
We thank the ECTA Design Committee Leaders, project leaders Luis Soriano Albert (Hoffmann Eitle | Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartmbB, DE) and Emanuel Boesch (Hule Bachmayr-Heyda Nordberg Rechtsanwälte GmbH, AT) and all team members of the working group, who brought this project to fruition for the benefit of the ECTA community.
A two-month extension (Decision EX-22-8 of the EUIPO Executive Director) has recently been granted for all parties in proceedings before the Office having their residence or registered office in Ukraine.
This extends all time limits expiring between 2 September 2022 and 1 November 2022, inclusive, until 2 November 2022.