From 1 January to 30 June 2022, France will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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”.
Industrial property plays an important role in the emergence of the world-class economic champions that will help secure the financial and technological independence of the European Union and its Member States. Industrial property protection is one of the key components of any innovation strategy. It enables users to secure their inventions and creations by providing them with monopoly rights.
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.
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.
In light of the anti-counterfeiting reform bill currently being discussed in the French Parliament, we will talk about the need to adapt anti-counterfeiting mechanisms to ensure they can be activated easily and in a timeframe compatible with business life.
We look forward to seeing you on 3 February.
9.30 – 11.00: Opening speeches
11.15 - 12.45: Panel 1 – “The UPC and the unitary patent: How businesses will benefit”
13.45 - 15.15: Panel 2 – “Sovereignty and SMEs: IP’s contribution to the recovery for SMEs”
15.30 - 16.30: Panel 3 – “Artisanal and industrial geographical indications as a means of promoting know-how”
16.45 - 17.45: Panel 4 – “The new way to combat counterfeiting: Enforcing rights through innovation”
18.00 – 18.20: Closing remarks
Organized in light of France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union*
*This event is not organized by the French government but the logo of France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is used with the consent of the French government.
French Minister of Justice
Minister Delegate for Industry, attached to the Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery
European Commissioner for the Internal Market
Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization
Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office
President of the European Patent Office
Chief Executive Officer of the French Patent and Trademark Office
Director general ad interim Directorate general Economic Regulation at FOD Economie / SPF Economie / FPS Economy, Belgium
Former principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office
IP and Patents Director
Chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee
Chairman of UJUB-Union pour la Juridiction Unifiée des Brevets
Professor, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Director of Economic Action - Moderator
Deputy Executive Director – European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Professor and Honorary Scientific Director of The City of Paris Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI)
Director of the Agency for EIC and SMEs
Chief Economist at European Patent Office
Head of Intellectual Property, OVH
Secretary General, SME United
Porcelaine de Limoges GI Association
Researcher in Law, Deputy Head of UMR Innovation
Deputy Head of Unit, Intangible Economy, DG GROW
Professor at the University of Alicante, expert in Intellectual Property Law
Linge basque weaver firm
Reputation and Fight against counterfeiting Manager/Head, Le Bon Coin - Vide Dressing
Head of Intellectual Property for the Italian Couture House FENDI
Head of Legal affairs and anti-fraud department of the French customs general directorate
Director of Information Society and Action against Crime, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law, of the Council of Europe
Director of the EU Observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights
President of the French association for the promotion and defence of intellectual property rights (UNIFAB)
INDICAM General Secretary
Director General of Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) at the European Commission
President of iDFRights - Institute of Digital Fundamental Rights