Brussels, 16 July 2008
The European Commission today adopted a Communication on a new industrial property rights strategy for Europe. Together with the creation of a Community patent and integrated patent jurisdiction, the Communication outlines a number of actions as the keystone to maintain a high quality industrial property rights system for the EU in the 21st century. It sets out to support inventors in making informed choices on the protection of their industrial property rights and calls for robust enforcement against counterfeiting and piracy. The Communication also aims to ensure that industrial property rights in Europe are of high quality and that they are accessible to all innovators, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Mr Charlie McCreevy, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services said:
"This strategy will offer a springboard for European companies to compete in
the global economy. Not only will it help inventors across Europe to protect
their ideas with strong industrial property rights, but it will also provide a
catalyst for cutting-edge inventions from companies of all sizes to become
successful in the market. In addition, the Communication reinforces once more
that the EU will strike hard at counterfeiting and piracy."
A strong industrial property rights system is a driving force for innovation, stimulating R&D investment and facilitating the transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to the marketplace. Along with the urgent adoption of the Community patent proposal and creation of an integrated EU-wide jurisdiction for patents, the actions proposed will ensure Europe has a high quality industrial property rights system in the years to come:
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