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On Friday, February the 10th 2017, a representative of the Hellenic Copyright Organization (HCO) visited the Elementary School of Isthmia of Korinthos in order to make a presentation about copyright and to discuss copyright related issues with the pupils of the fifth and the sixth grade.

In the afternoon, the HCO and the Directorate of Secondary Education of Korinthos, organized an educational seminar with the title «Copyright and Education».

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The webinar will provide European SMEs with practical advice on how to protect their IP in China. Our China IPR SME Helpdesk expert Ms. Alessandra Chies will give European SMEs an overview of the main differences in IP protection between Europe and China focusing on the basic IP rights like copyrights, trade marks, patents and design patents. The IP expert will discuss differences in IP registration, protection and enforcement and give advice to the SMEs on how to build a robust IP protection strategy in China. Ms. Chies will use numerous case studies to illustrate the importance of knowing the main differences in IP protection between Europe and China.

Seminar time: 10:00 – 11:00 (Brussels, GMT: +1)/ 17:00 – 18:00 (Beijing, GMT: +8)

For details visit the seminar's web page.

The HCO’s educational programme “Copyright and Related Rights” received the approval of the Ministry of Education for the school year 2016-2017. For the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades of the primary school the programme can be implemented in the Flexible Zone. For the 5th and 6th grades, the programme can be implemented as part of the Social and Political Education and through the Cultural Activities. In all the grades there can be interdisciplinary implementation of the program.

The educational programme “Copyright and Related Rights” was created and developed by the HCO in cooperation with a group of teachers. It has the support of the European Union which, last year, funded its promotion throughout Greece and the creation of the material that is mentioned below. The programme and HCO’s policy have also been presented at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

In order to support the program, the HCO has launched the website www.copyrightschool.gr. The website contains video games, guides, faq, comic book, word search, puzzles, posters, etc. The material is addressed to secondary education too. In the website, one can also find the animated short film with the title “Orpheus creating…” that was produced specifically for the educational programme.

The HCO can send printed material to teachers, upon request, for use in the classroom (comic books, handbooks for teachers and pupils, stickers and posters).

To view the educational programme press here.

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The aim of this study is to provide an updated, improved assessment of the combined contribution to the economies of the EU from industries that make intensive use of the different types of intellectual property rights (IPR).

To view the study press here.

The short animated film that was created by RAPPASfilms productions with the support of the Hellenic Copyright Organization and the EUIPO has been completed and is now available in copyrightschool.gr.

Orpheus, the multi-talanted octopus has been sharing his art work with everyone. What happens though when nobody thinks about Orpheus' needs? Press here to find out!

Written and directed by Panagiotis Rappas
Music and sound: Georges Bizet, Giannis Rappas, Traditional music with oud, Song performed by Enrico Caruso, Extracts from works by Oscar Wilde and George Seferis
Narration: Stamatina Ntouskou
Animation: Panagiotis Rappas
Sound mix and sound effects: Antonis Delaportas
Design: Panagiotis Rappas, Maria Litina
Production: RAPPASfilms 2016

From 5 to 7/9/2016 the HCO, representing Greece, participated in the 11th Session of the ACE (Advisory Committee on Enforcement) that was organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva.

From 5 to 7/9/2016 the HCO, representing Greece, participated in the 11th Session of the ACE (Advisory Committee on Enforcement) that was organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva. The HCO presented its actions, in relation to the promotion of the educational program “Copyright and Related Rights” in the primary and secondary education. The aim of the HCO’s actions is to raise awareness among teachers and pupils about the importance and the protection of copyright and related rights. .

To view the presentation, click here.

In this report the Observatory focuses on the infringement of IP rights in the recorded music sector.

To view the full description and download the report click here.

The Industrial Property Organization and the Hellenic Copyright Organization in cooperation with the European Commission organize a conference with the title “The Single Market Strategy-Aspects relating to Intellectual Property” in the premises of the Industrial Property Organization in Marousi on February the 29th, 2016. The conference is addressed to lawyers, innovation consultants for the media, entrepreneurs and the research and scientific community. The conference aims to inform the national authorities and the industrial sector about the initiatives, the objectives, the timetable and the intended results according to the strategy for the Common Market.

The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and Intellectual Property is launched today. The Ideas Powered site (www.ideaspowered.eu) is supported by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the EU’s largest intellectual property agency, acting through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

The site brings together contributions from young designers, composers, entrepreneurs and artists from all across the EU to show how IP underpins and supports innovation and creativity. Ideas Powered website also includes a video competition which invites young people to submit their views on how Intellectual Property matters to them.

Select here to view the press release.