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Workshops on key economic issues regarding the enforcement of IPR in the EU

With Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the Commission proposal for a Directive on trade secrets the European Union has set the framework for civil redress against the infringement and misappropriation of intellectual property (IP) within the EU. 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 European 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 this aim, the European Commission is establishing a list of economists, researchers and experts specialised in the economics of IP. On the basis of this list, the Commission will invite experts in the respective area to thematic workshops to discuss issues which are considered relevant for the economic context of IP.

Should you be interested and qualified, please indicate your interest using the link below.

  • Call for expression of interestpdf(118 KB) Choose translations of the previous link 
    This call is still open and will remain so. Interested experts are invited to provide the relevant information as specified in the above Call for expression of interest. Junior researchers are explicitly encouraged to do so.

Workshops on economic issues

Workshop on the concepts of “commercial scale” and “commercial purpose” in the context of IP infringements – 19.09.2014

The Commission held the first economic workshop on 19 September to discuss the concepts of “commercial scale” and “commercial purpose” in the context of IP infringements. Participants were selected from the list mentioned above

A second workshop will take place in the first quarter of 2015. Further information will be published in due course.