Intellectual property is an essential incentive for creativity and innovation. This includes green innovation, which makes it essential to promote biodiversity and sustainable food policy, fight pollution and enhance the circular economy. Therefore, IP plays a critical role in promoting the objectives of the European Green Deal (EGD). Furthermore, well-functioning IP systems – which provide the framework for transactions around creative and technological developments – are essential for the creation of industry alliances, which are critical to reach strategic objectives such as those enclosed in the EGD.
To reach these objectives, the Action acts in three main areas:
- Work towards Efficient and Accessible IPR Institutions, strengthening the capacity of national and regional IP Institutions, in particular those of MERCOSUR countries, to improve IPR protection and enforcement systems.
- Contribute to an Innovative, Sustainable and IPR-proficient Productive Sector by improving the capacities of the productive sector, particularly SMEs and the scientific/academic, technological and agricultural sectors, regarding the management of IPRs (including geographical indications, GIs) to obtain value from innovation.
- Build IPR networks and boost internationalisation by developing interinstitutional and transnational stakeholder networks to facilitate the adoption of best IP practices to promote innovation and artistic creation, and to align IP laws with international standards.