In 2001 the JRC was mandated with the management of the European Commission's intellectual property rights (IPR) such as patents, copyrights, trademarks.
Since 2012 the JRC houses the Central IP Service, a dedicated institutional service that responds to all Commission's needs on intellectual property. The Central IP Service is therefore responsible for optimising the Union's IPR portfolio and protecting any arising IP asset such as the EU Emblem or the European Commission logo.
Its main tasks consist in the following:
• Management of the IP rights of the Commission
• Provision of legal advice on IP to the Commission services
• Risk mitigation in relation to the Commission's IP assets
• Raising awareness on the importance of proper handling of IP assets
For more information on the European Commission's intellectual property, you can contact the Central IP Service by e-mailing: EC-IPR [at] ec.europa.eu