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Intellectual property

The protection of intellectual property (IP) is key for innovation, growth, competitiveness and job creation in Europe. IP generates 39% of EU GDP. 1 in 3 jobs in Europe rely on IP-intensive industries.

IP protection is necessary to assure inventors and creators that nobody will copy or steal the result of their work. Yet, innovative businesses and in particular SMEs and start-ups in Europe experience many challenges when trying to protect their IP.  Moreover, IP enforcement can prove to be difficult and increasingly challenging in today’s digital world.  This can discourage further investment in IP and the drive to innovate.

Therefore, BusinessEurope calls for a reliable, effective and enabling IP framework in Europe that rewards innovation and creation.


Position papers Date
Legal affairs strategy for the next political cycle 01/10/2019
Comments on the EUIPO draft strategic plan 2020 (SP2005) 04/09/2019
State of intellectual property in third countries - BusinessEurope reply to the European Commission public consultation 28/05/2019
EUIPO Strategic Plan 2025 consultation - BusinessEurope comments 26/02/2019
BusinessEurope comments on the European Patent Office (EPO) strategic plan 2019-2023 11/02/2019
Commission proposal on a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) manufacturing waiver for export purposes - BusinessEurope comments 15/01/2019
Cyber-enabled industrial espionage - BusinessEurope statement 04/10/2018
Potential inclusion of intellectual property (IP) in the scope of the Hague Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements - BusinessEurope comments 28/09/2018
Potential inclusion of intellectual property to the scope of the Hague Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments - BusinessEurope preliminary comments 13/11/2017
Commission public consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights - BusinessEurope comments 15/04/2016
Press releases Date
A solid intellectual property system is key for EU business 16/09/2019
Reports and studies Date
Intellectual property - Priorities for the next institutional cycle 16/09/2019
Intellectual property is key for innovation, creation, entrepreneurship, growth & jobs, trade & society 16/09/2014
Last updated: 4 July 2016