- What is it about?
- What are the key issues?
- How can HighTech Europe help?
- Where else can I get support?
|Introduction|| The launching phase is less intense in terms of legal and property issues, as the largest part of the work has been done before.
Yet, it is a crucial point, as you go to the public with a new product and competitors might check how to react legally to your innovation in order to inhibit it. Consequently, you must keep watching the intellectual property environment of your product/process in order to prevent an illegal competition through copying or plagiarism and to feel what could be the potential further developments for your product/process.
Additionally, the traceability chain must be set up and continuously controlled.
|Key issues|| - What strategy to maintain the protection of the innovation? For example, in case you have registered a patent, what means should be mobilised to ensure its protection?
- Permanent watch on intellectual property rights related to potential extensions
- Is the traceability chain set up?
|Food TIP's answers||On this website (Food Tech Innovation Portal), some Practical sheets might be helpful: Access Rights in FP7, Protection of IP|
|Other sources|| - Intellectual Property Rights helpdesk: http://www.ipr-helpdesk.eu/
- Access to European Union law: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm
- European Food Safety Authority: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/
- How standards can support R&D and innovation: http://www.cen.eu/cen/Services/Innovation/Pages/default.aspx
- Search tools on European standards: http://esearch.cen.eu/esearch/ (available in DE, EN, FR)
- List of National Standards Bodies: http://www.cen.eu/cen/Members/Pages/default.aspx