UNION-IP is an association of practitioners in the field of Intellectual Property, that is, of individuals whose principal professional occupation is concerned with Patents, Trade Marks or Designs and related subjects and who carry on their profession independently or as employees.
UNION-IP is a private, free, international association that is not dependent on any national or international authority: it approves its own members, in accordance with its statutes, in total independence, and likewise decides on its own activities and its own budget.
It aims on the one hand to work continuously on current developments in Intellectual Property in Europe, especially by making early submissions during the preparation of proposed laws and treaties with the intention of influencing them; and on the other hand to devote itself to the improvement of professional and personal understanding between European practitioners in the Intellectual Property field in different countries and different branches of the profession.
The current times demand for cooperation, be it to fight a disease or to recover from economic drawbacks. Innovation comes with investments, but in order to be sustainable it also should create return.
In addition, the interest and need in several tools to fight the pandemic, such as vaccines, testing, sanitisation and many others, have been rising together with their associated advances and innovation.
There has been a considerable balance in the action of the states as regards the access to such tools, which finds a strong correlation in the stance of innovators.
It is relevant to have a further focus on the specific tools which are accessible to governments, such as compulsory licenses or other legal mechanisms, and on how companies have been positioning considering these mechanisms, through voluntary licenses or other initiatives.
In 2021, UNION-IP Winter Round table will provide an outstanding opportunity to look into the tools and strategies that can help tackling these challenges, from the perspective of innovators and governments, and through the opinion of experienced professionals, judges and governmental institution officials, as well as to exchange ideas with colleagues from all over the world.
The Round table includes an online broadcasting environment which allows to interact with the speakers in an open discussion.