IAM: Philips spearheads moves to create European IP owners group
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 13 Dec 2007 08:58
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
The belief at Philips – and it is one that I share and have written about frequently – is that at the moment the voice of European IP is too fragmented: there are a number of national groupings and industry organisations, but no highly visible one-stop shop putting the case for IP on a continent-wide basis. This puts IP owners at a considerable disadvantage when they come up against a well-organised opposition – as was the case in the software patents/CII debate and is so even now with regard to things such as the Community patent and the EPLA. To get politicians to take IP seriously, there needs to be a Europe-wide advocacy group with the muscle and resources no only to respond to issues but also to set the agenda. The European IPO would be that body.
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