With Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the proposal by the European Commission for a directive on trade secrets the EU has set the framework for civil redress against the infringement and misappropriation of intellectual property (IP).
However, the dynamic evolution of the markets on which ideas, technologies and innovations associated with IP are developed and traded requires careful monitoring.
While the Commission disposes of procedures and tools for the monitoring of existing EU law and the in-depth analysis of potential problems, it seeks to establish closer links with experts and researchers in the field in order to proactively screen developments in the area of IP and their likely economic impacts.
To achieve this, the Commission is establishing a list of economists, researchers and experts specialised in the economics of IP. On the basis of this list, experts will be invited to thematic workshops to discuss issues which are considered relevant for the economic context of IP.
The document below contains full details of the call and how to apply.