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Europäisches Werkzeugkomittee
General Market News

This public area provides general market news on regions or sections such as automotive, construction, consumer or the industrial market. Also, you can find here the latest developments in European hand tool related markets, such as inflation, employment or production figures. Also, you will find information on the European DIY market. To find out about the specifics and have access to all statistics and documents, please visit our Members Area.

Guide to IP and Contracts

Nowadays, the value of a business is increasingly linked to its intellectual property (IP) assets, which are becoming more important in many sectors.

The Multilateral Investment Court project

Since 2015 the European Commission has been working to establish a Multilateral Investment Court.

Europe’s top 10 DIY retailers from 2012 to 2017

The ten largest European DIY retailers together achieved net sales of EUR 59.3 bn in 2017.

DIY: Byggmax aims to grow primarily through garden and e-commerce

In its recently published quarterly report Byggmax confirmed the roughly 15 per cent downturn in sales between January and March that was revealed at the start of April.  The drop in sales was due mainly to its Skånska Byggvaror distribution

Guide: 10 steps to find a suitable IP professional

Intellectual property (IP) requires vast expertise in several areas and comprehensive know-how when taking decisions regarding your IP assets and when having support from professional advisors.

Swedish DIY group Byggmax loses sales of 15 per cent in the first quarter

A drop in sales of 15 per cent has been reported by the Swedish Byggmax group for the first quarter of 2018.

New machine translation service of IPR law decisions

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has recently launched a machine translation service of its decisions available through the eSearch Case Law application.     Find out more here.   Source: European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), https://euipo.europa.eu

European Council’s approval to modernised trade defence rules

On 16th April, the Council gave a formal approval to the political agreement reached between the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament to modernise the EU’s trade defence instruments.

SMEs in Internationalisation

When an SME decides to enter foreign markets, there are many key issues to be considered regarding intellectual property: How to protect IP, how to enforce IP rights, where to get advice, when to act, where to start, and more.

European Business Cycle Indicators – 1st Quarter 2018

Having peaked in December 2017 at levels last witnessed 17 years ago, the euro-area (EA) and EU Economic Sentiment Indicators (ESI) declined during the first quarter of 2018.


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