Intellectual Property Right (IPR) enforcement requires the cooperation and close collaboration of multiple stakeholders to effectively combat IPR infringements in the physical and online environment. Adopting this multi-stakeholder approach that includes various actors in the IPR enforcement ecosystem, IP Key South-East Asia presents the IPR Enforcement Series 2021.
Registering IP is an important part of launching your products on new markets, since lack of IP protection can have a negative impact on SMEs’ business competitiveness and resilience. As IP is territorial, the IP rights that EU SMEs enjoy at home do not automatically extend to other markets, unless specifically registered there. Thus, SMEs should identify the core IP they own and consider registering it in the countries and territories they plan to do business in/with.
One more year comes, and it is already 26 April, also known as the Intellectual Property day, as established by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) two decades ago. This year, under the motto “IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market”, WIPO asked all involved parties to shine a light on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the economy and how they can use intellectual property (IP) rights to build stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses.
According to the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), SMEs represent 99 % of all companies in the EU. Being a key element of the European economy, in the last 8 years they have created almost 85 % of new jobs and, overall, two thirds of total private sector employment in the EU.
In 2021 the IP Key China project will organise various exchanges and training in the context of the EU-China bilateral agreement on geographical indications (GIs), with the objective of supporting its entry into force.
Why is IP protection important for EU SMEs?
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the EU economy. They represent 99 % of all businesses in the EU, account for more than half of Europe’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employ about 100 million people. The positive association between economic performance and ownership of intellectual property rights (IPRs) is particularly strong for SMEs.
Innovation is a key source of growth, and protection of Intellectual Property (IP) has always been the driving force of innovation. The European Union (EU), as global leader in green and digital technologies, has been taking measures to incentivise EU SMEs to make use of the full potential of IP and put them on the right track towards economic recovery.
Successfully protecting and promoting geographical indications (GIs) – best practices were shared by important institutions and representatives of various GIs from Europe and Latin America at a webinar hosted by IP Key LA.
Taller para examinadores de patentes - Agenda - 24,25 de Marzo 2021
Presentación EPO sobre patentes de CII