Emissie van vloerbekledingen en hun lijmen

In de loop van 2014 verschijnt een nieuw Koninklijk Besluit (KB) om de uitstoot van vluchtige organische stoffen (VOS) voor een aantal productcategorieën te beperken. Dit KB zal van kracht worden vanaf januari 2015. De eerste productcategorie waarvoor dergelijke emissiegrenswaarden vastgelegd zullen worden, zijn vloerbekledingen en hun bijhorende lijmen.

Bioagrotex results in industrial success story

TEXINOV (French industrial partner in the EU project Bioagrotex, coordinated by CENTEXBEL) and its new anti-insects net FILBIO PLA have been distinguished and got a “Silver SIVAL” (category “small equipment for gardening”), an award that represents 4 years of collaboration between manufacturers and scientists from 6 European countries as part of the European collaborative research project BIOAGROTEX for the use of natural fibers in the agricultural textiles manufacture.

Nominate an inventor for 2015

The European Inventor Award 2015 is now open for entries.

Every year, EPO organises the "European Inventor Award".

You may nominate your own or someone else's invention on the EPO webpage.

In 2011 it was last time a Belgian invention won the award with Bekaert's solution to reinforce concrete with steel fibres. In the same year, the unicersity of Antwerp was awarded the prize in the category "Research" with a new neuropathological medecin.

VKC en CENTEXBEL bundelen de krachten

Kenniscentra bundelen de krachten in een cross-sectorale samenwerking met als doel een versterkte dienstverlening aan te bieden aan de bedrijven.

Commission Proposal for a Regulation on PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are unique products as far as the user buying it buys protection encountered at home, work and leisure. Yearly statistics of mortal and major work accidents do impressively explain the importance of protection and prevention: personal health and safety are fundamental rights and people expect and require a high level protection at work, home and at leisure.

Source: EC

Revision of taxes and fees Europen patents

EPO will revise the taxes and fees as from April 1st, 2014

The new fees will increase by an average of about 4%, although the European Search Fee will rise more, to EUR 1285.
The EPO will also implement substantial changes to the appeal fee and introduce a new fee for filing second (and higher) divisional applications.

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Tapijten scoren best op "vijfsecondenregel"

We hebben het allemaal al wel eens gedaan, toch? Je laat iets lekkers op de grond vallen, raapt het terug op, stopt het in je mond en beantwoordt eventuele vreemde blikken met "het was binnen de 5 seconden, hé". Britse microbiologen hebben deze zogenaamde vijfsecondenregel nu uitgebreid getest. Hier volgen de conclusies.

Lees het artikel van 12-3-2014 in De Morgen

New peak at the European Patent Office

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

The EPO received more than 265 000 patent filings in 2013. This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257 700 filings), and a new all-time high. Last year, after a high-quality search and examination process, the EPO granted and published 66 700 patents, which was 1.7% more than in 2012 (65 600).

Harmful substances in children's clothing

Zurich (hm) In its study "A little story about the monsters in your closet" published in mid January, the environmental organisation Greenpeace criticised numerous discoveries of harmful substances in children's clothing from renowned brand manufacturers. In connection with this, the OEKO-TEX® Association expressly states that children's clothing that meets the strict requirements of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 does not pose any health risks for consumers.

Protecting trade secrets

EU proposal

What are trade secrets?

This is key information that companies, researchers and innovators in general keep confidential – either within their own organisation or within networks of partners – to obtain or keep a competitive advantage.
Broadly, trade secrets are 2 types of information:

  • technical (manufacturing processes, recipes, chemical compounds, etc.)
  • commercial (lists of customers, results of marketing studies, product launch data, etc.).

What exactly will change?