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Digital & Media 01-07-2021

Germany splurges on high-tech investment in bid to lead world

Germany has high ambitions to position itself at the forefront of the next technological revolution with a new strategy, though critics say Europe's biggest economy has some catching up to do. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

Even after US shift, opponents resist COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

A deal on an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization (WTO) was no closer to acceptance on Monday (31 May) despite Washington's backing.
Health 18-05-2021

G20 snubs COVID patent waiver, waters down pledge on WHO’s funding

Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a US push for waivers and earlier commitments to supply more funds to the World Health Organization.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2021

Rich countries block push by developing nations to waive COVID vaccine patents rights

Richer members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) blocked a push by over 80 developing countries on Wednesday (10 March) to waive patent rights in an effort to boost production of COVID-19 vaccines for poor nations.
Health 11-02-2021

EU and India could partner in delivering COVID vaccines at the global scale

While Western vaccine nationalism condemns the world to a lose-lose situation, India, the pharmacy of the developing world, has clearly the potential to come to the rescue, writes Gauri Khandekar.
Health 25-06-2020

A Covid-19 vaccine must have a ‘global public good’ guarantee

A coronavirus vaccine must be accessible to all. EU leaders must ensure that patents do not put profits ahead of people, writes Marc Botenga.
Digital & Media 26-05-2020

Breton renews calls for a single European patent system

The EU should speed up plans to create a single European patents system because the current setup is "too expensive and fragmented," Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has said.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2019

European, German companies pull ahead in new patent office report

The new European Patent Offices's 2018 report, released Tuesday (12 March) shows a European pull ahead of Chinese firm Huawei that dominated last year and an increase in European patent applications by 4.6%.
Agrifood 23-07-2018

Plant breeding techniques: Commission wants broader reflection on innovation in seeds sector

The European Court of Justice will decide on Wednesday (25 July) if the so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) fall under the GM legislation, in a highly anticipated ruling that has divided the relevant stakeholders
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2018

Chinese firm Huawei leads European patent applications

For the first time in the history of the European Patent Office, a Chinese company came on top in terms of patent applications in 2017, a year that saw a new record in the number of requests for intellectual property protection in Europe.
Economy & Jobs 08-08-2017

Time to bust a few myths about innovation in the internet of things era

Small European tech companies might be about to lose out if the European Commission's new patent guidelines favour giants like Qualcomm and Ericsson, writes Morgan Reed.
Economy & Jobs 28-07-2017

GEOX founder: ‘Invest more in education, that’s the real problem’

Mario Moretti Polegato is one of Italy's most successful businessmen. Despite the EU institutions' constant talk about smart growth, he believes Europe has a lot to do to catch up with the US.
Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

European SMEs can lead the world in the IoT revolution

European firms can lead the economy of tomorrow if our small and medium-sized companies obtain the necessary support, notably when it comes to innovation incentives and patent litigation, writes Hassan Triqui.
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2017

Unitary patent expected this year, despite Brexit 

The European Patent Office on Tuesday (7 March) said that the long-awaited EU patent will be launched this year and that it was confident that the UK would continue its involvement.
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Economy & Jobs 11-03-2016

Nanocyl: A Belgian research-based SME

Know-how and confidential business information (trade secrets) are important for the competitiveness of European businesses. These intangible assets are fundamental to the innovation and research efforts of many SMEs.
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Digital & Media 30-04-2014

Almunia: Motorola action against Apple illegal

The European Commission used antitrust rules on Tuesday to prevent telecoms restricting competition, by using court orders for patent infringements on industry standard technology.
Digital & Media 30-04-2014

Antitrust action against Motorola, Samsung over Apple injunctions

The European Commission Tuesday (29 April) used antitrust rules to prevent telecoms companies using court orders for patent infringements on industry standard technology to restrict competition.

Time for sensible reforms on technology patents

Recent abuses of patents that are included in technological standards threaten to undermine the industry growth they were designed to promote, writes Jonathan Zuck.
Digital & Media 01-10-2013

Study: 35% of EU jobs depend on intellectual property rights

More than a third (35%) of European jobs rely on intellectual property rights (IPR) such as patents, trademarks and design rights according to a new pan-European study, which the EU executive will use to boost policymaking.
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Digital & Media 30-09-2013

EU launches new intellectual property survey

More than a third of European jobs rely on intellectual property rights (IPR) such as patents, trade marks and design rights according to a new pan-European study, which the EU executive will use to boost policymaking.
Industrial Policy 16-05-2013

Smartphone Armageddon: Patents undermine the tech industry

The EU's use of antitrust disciplines will deter some of the legal injunctions, but not solve the underlying problems – they offer no solution to the problem of how design patents, sometimes with disputable merits, can be used to block competitors’ products, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.
Competition 04-04-2012

EU probes Motorola for overcharging on patents

The Commission today (3 April) opened an investigation into whether phonemaker Motorola Mobility breached antitrust rules by allegedly over-charging Microsoft and Apple for use of its patents in their products.
Health 04-05-2011

EU funding for stem cell research stirs debate

Stem cell research deemed "immoral" in the EU will nevertheless be funded by Brussels, possibly patented overseas and re-imported for sale, policymakers and experts said following the issuing of an opinion by an advocate-general of the European Court of Justice.
Languages & Culture 09-11-2010

Special meeting may break deadlock over EU patents

The Belgian Presidency has proposed a new compromise text – seen by EURACTIV - to break a long-standing deadlock over EU patents which could lead to an historic deal at an extraordinary Competitiveness Council next Wednesday (10 November).