In light of France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the French Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) is organizing a conference on 3 February 2022 on the industrial property challenges associated with the economic recovery.

During this presidency, the French government aims to contribute to a more united, more sovereign Europe. It also aims to ensure that Europe “exploits the full potential of the economic recovery and of the ecological and digital transition”.

The conference will be structured around four themes.

  • The unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court

Businesses, of all sizes, are an invaluable source of economic growth and recovery. They will soon be able to benefit from the implementation of the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court, which will create a single European market for technologies by providing standardized protection at a lower cost across all contracting Member States, as well as increased legal certainty. The discussion will centre around the status of the new system and its benefits.

  • Sovereignty and SMEs

This discussion will focus on the growth and vitality of European businesses and how these can be stimulated by industrial property, and more particularly by a framework and tools that are adapted to their needs and to market developments, notably at the international level.

  • Artisanal and industrial geographical indications

In addition to innovation, protecting existing know-how is also recognized as a key growth driver. In response to the European Commission’s legislative initiative to introduce EU-wide protection, part of the conference will be dedicated to discussing non-agricultural geographical indications.

  • Anti-counterfeiting

In light of the anti-counterfeiting reform bill currently being discussed in the French Parliament,  the discussion will be about the need to adapt anti-counterfeiting mechanisms to ensure they can be activated easily and in a timeframe compatible with business life.

WHEN: 3 February (09:30-18:25 CET)

For more details and registration click here.