Home Seminari & Convegni 27 Aprile 2009 - Conference - Making IPR work for SMEs - Bruxelles
27 Aprile 2009 - Conference - Making IPR work for SMEs - Bruxelles PDF Stampa E-mail

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) can be a vital competitive advantage for small and medium sized European businesses. Their competitiveness, creativity and innovative abilities are threatened by counterfeiting, piracy and uncertainty about enforcing their rights.

Small and medium enterprises are particularly vulnerable to these risks. They often lack resources and knowledge to act against fake products or are convinced it is impossible to do so.

Support for IPR enforcement is rather patchy and, at present, far less developed than support for general awareness of IPR. The current economic situation makes action in this field even more urgent. The health and safety of customers, state tax revenues, employment and even the existence of firms are endangered by counterfeiting and piracy.

This conference challenges businesses and governments to develop better support measures, to help our SMEs to flourish and use their full creative and innovative potential. The conference will be based on the intensive work of an expert group established by the Europen Commission on existing best practices and on the policy recommendations proposed in their report.

A mix of European and national policy makers, IPR and IPR enforcement practitioners and SMEs will ensure a lively and practice-oriented debate about this key issue for EU businesses competitiveness and will discuss the policy recommendations of the expert group. The conference is expected to gather about 400 European policy makers, IPR professionals, innovation support organisations, business intermediaries and SMEs.

 Venue: Charlemagne Building (room Gasperi)
            170 Rue de la Loi (Wetstraat)
            1049 Brussels

Time:    9:30am – 16:30p


For more information:

European Commission
Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General
Unit B2 - Development of Industrial Policy
B-1049 Brussels
Fax: +32 2 29 98020
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www: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/enterprise_policy/industry/ipr_conference.htm