GROW - DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Mission: (a) to provide the Commission with the necessary legal and technical expertise regarding intellectual property law practice and intellectual property law administration, public and industrial research and development, life sciences including plant and animal breeding, and biotechnology in the context of the application of Directive 98/44/EC, with the exception of ethical issues related to that Directive, which are the mandate of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies;
(b) to assist the Commission in its reporting requirements in accordance with Article 16, paragraph (c) of Directive 98/44/EC;
(c) to provide the Commission with analysis and position papers on topics related to Directive 98/44/EC as indicated by the Commission services.
To advise the Commission in the preparation of the reports on the development and implications of patent law in the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering, and more generally to provide it with analysis and position papers on topics related to Directive 98/44/EC.