17 April 2008, Brussels
The first Stakeholder Briefing for IPR2 was held in Brussels by the EPO and the European Commission. IPR2 was presented to more than 80 Europe-based stakeholders for the first time as a new co-operation initiative between the EU and China to help improve the effectiveness of IPR enforcement in China. Ewa Synowiec, Director for Intellectual Property in DG Trade and Gérard Giroud, Principal Director for International Affairs at the EPO gave an outline of the new cooperation project to representatives of the EPO member states, industry and IP experts from European institutions. Ms Synowiec underlined the importance of the IPR2 project: "China is a priority country for the European Commission for co-operation in IP. The new project provides an excellent opportunity for moving towards enforcement at all levels in China." She acknowledged the EPO's expertise in international cooperation and the long standing relationship between the EC and the EPO in the field of IP.
"The joint participation of our member states with their IP authorities, the OHIM and the users of the IP system is a decisive step forward in our cooperation with China. IPR2 makes use of the competence of our member states and the European institutions in all areas of IP protection, not just patents", Gérard Giroud explained.
Agenda - 17.77 KB
Speakers bios - 181.22 KB
IPR2 Background - 189.90 KB
Welcome & Introduction - Mr Luc Devigne, Head of Intellectual Property & Public Procurement, DG Trade, European Commission
Partnering for results: a new co-operation for enforcing IPR in China - Ms Ewa Synowiec, Director, DG Trade, European Commission
Moving global IPR standards to China: the IPR2 project approach - Mr Gérard Giroud, Principal Director, European & International Affairs, European Patent Office Gerard_Giroud - 124.91 KB
Managing Europe's investment in IP protection through IPR2 - Mr Valentín Mir, Director, International Affairs, European Patent Office Valentin_Mir - 127.78 KB
EU-China co-operation in practice: The year ahead for IPR2
Mr Carlo Pandolfi, IPR2 Team Leader Carlo_Pandolfi - 559.83 KB
Ms Tamryn Barker, IPR2 Public Affairs Officer Tamryn_Barker - 493.50 KB
The stakeholder meeting was followed by a joint press conference which was attended by leading journalists of the press corps in the Brussels International Press Centre.
Press release - 16.96 KB
For more information about this event, please contact Ms Tamryn Barker