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Intellectual Property Rights and counterfeiting


The protection of intellectual and industrial property is governed by many international conventions. The European Commission is striving for the harmonization of national laws in different areas and more effective protection of intellectual and industrial property throughout Europe. UEAPME supports this goal and seeks to ensure a high level of protection of intellectual rights for SMEs without excessive costs.

UEAPME and its members are also particularly concerned with counterfeiting, an issue that goes well beyond luxury products and textiles as it is often assumed and is particularly worrysome for small businesses.

Position papers

-  April 2016: UEAPME position paper on enforcement of intellectual property rights

-  July 2015: UEAPME position on the rules of court fees and recoverable costs

-  March 2014: UEAPME position on the public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules

-  February 2014: UEAPME position on the Commission proposal of a directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets)

-  September 2013: Remarques et propositions d’amendements sur la proposition de règlement modifiant le règlement sur la marque communautaire

-  April 2013: UEAPME Position Paper on Civil Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

-  March 2013: UEAPME position on the protection of Business and Research Know-How

-  June 2005: UEAPME Position on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions for the European Parliament 2nd Reading

-  July 2003: Position Paper on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions

-  February 1999: UEAPME draft Position Paper on the "Green Paper on Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Single Market"

Press releases

-  11/12/2012: EU patent: SMEs welcome unitary system, urge Italy and Spain to join

-  01/07/2010: EU patent: SMEs warmly welcome hallmark proposal on translation arrangements

-  04/04/2007: Lack of progress on the creation of a Community Patent

-  09/11/2006: More policy efforts are needed on the European patent system

-  29/09/2006: Patent litigation agreement is not a substitute to a comprehensive patent policy

-  12/07/2006: Community Patent should be back at the top of the EU agenda

-  03/05/2006: SMEs need a tailored and pro-active European patent policy

-  06/07/2005: Rejection of software patent directive a good result for European SMEs

-  21/06/2005: Parliament proposal on software patents would hit small firms

-  27/04/2005: SMEs oppose cynical attempt to mislead MEPs on software patent

-  07/03/2005: Council decision a blow to new proposal on patents for computer-implemented inventions

-  08/02/2005: New proposal needed on patents for computer-implemented inventions