• Intellectual Property Rights – French, EU and worldwide perspectives

    May 24 2007, 08:30 - 08:30
    Location: AmCham France

    The recent years have seen major changes in intellectual property developments at the national, European and international levels questioning to varying degree the scope of intellectual property protection and raising new issues on the enforcement of rights in the digital environment. At the same time, the transition to a technological, information-driven and globalised economy makes intellectual property issues more strategic in enabling new business models through constant innovation. A number of governmental-sponsored studies in Europe have weighed in to provide some thoughts to policy makers for future legislative reforms. These includes, for instance the Gowers Review in the United Kingdom, the report commissioned by French finance minister Thierry Breton “L’économie de l’immatériel” and the various policy initiatives developed by the European Commission, such as the reform of the European patent system in Europe or the review of the Community acquis.
    Vincent Jamois, Chair of the AMCHAM EU Intellectual Property Committee (and former French Foreign Ministry lawyer), will address recent developments across the wide spectrum of intellectual property law, and provide an update on the following issues:
    - Patent: Enhancing the Patent System in Europe
    • Patentability of computer-implemented inventions
    • Making the Community patent a reality
    • Towards an EU wide-jurisdictional system for patent in Europe?
    - Management of Rights and Related Rights
    • Implementation of the 2004 EU Enforcement Directive
    • DRMs-related issues (interoperability, licensing…)
    • Application of the EU Recommendation for music online
    • The EU Copyright levy reform
    - Proposed EU Directive to Combat Intellectual Property Offences
    • Overview of key issues
    • Update on the EU legislative debate
    - Global Enforcement of IPRs
    • EU Strategy for the enforcement of IPRs in third countries
    • EU-US Action Plan for global enforcement of IPRs/ G8 Summit
    Some specific French IP developments will also be discussed such as the impact of the new French copyright law, and the creation of an independent regulatory authority to address interoperability issues. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A Session.