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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.

Upcoming Events


The EUIPO will host the ‘IP Horizon 5.0 Conference: Mapping opportunities and challenges in a globalised economy’ on 26 and 27 September 2019 at its headquarters in Alicante, Spain. The agenda will cover various topics at the forefront of Intellectual Property (IP),...

The EPO - in collaboration with the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) - is organising the international “High-growth technology business conference 2019 - Boosting your strategy with intellectual property” conference, which will be held on 4 and 5 November in Dublin....

Last updated: 4 July 2016