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News article25 January 2022

IP Helpdesk family participating in EU Industry Days and EU Industry Week 2022: Join us for Europe’s annual flagship events in February

Between 8 and 11 February 2022, the EU Industry Days will bring together government actors, industry players and academia to discuss industry challenges and co-develop opportunities and policy responses in an inclusive dialogue. Since 2017, the EU Industry Days have become the flagship EU event on industrial policy and gather thousands of participants each year.

The EU Industry Days 2022 will be framed by the EU Industry Week, which brings the discussion to the local communities with virtual workshops, fairs, seminars, open door sessions and business presentations. Events are taking place across the EU and beyond as part of this year’s EU Industry Week until the end of February 2022. All of the six regional IP  Helpdesks – focussing on Europe, South-East Asia, China, Latin America, India and Africa, respectively – will be participating in the EU Industry Days and the EU Industry Week 2022 with a variety of activities.

The 2022 EU Industry Days, organised by the European Commission and key stakeholders, will take place both in Brussels and online in a hybrid format. The extensive virtual exhibition space will feature each of the six IP Helpdesks with their own dedicated information booths.

In addition, the IP Helpdesks are taking part in a policy debate dedicated to the unitary patent system – a new type of European patent in an advanced stage of adoption which will make it possible to get patent protection in up to 25 EU Member States by submitting a single request to the European Patent Office (EPO). The session will, moreover, give practical information on the initiatives of the different public and private entities and more specific advice to SMEs on how to manage their intangible assets and offer orientation on the various tools. It will also provide an opportunity for SMEs to voice their needs and, thus, shape the EU’s future SME policy. All IP Helpdesks as well as the innovation support initiatives IPA4SME and Horizon IP Scan will be represented by Jörg Scherer from the European IP Helpdesk. The policy debate will take place on 9 February.

Spotlight topics of the 2022 EU Industry Days and the EU Industry Week include the ongoing green and digital transitions. On 16 February, a special webinar on “Intellectual Property for the Green Tech and Digital Economy Sectors” will, therefore, round off the participation of the IP Helpdesks in the EU Industry events. Jointly organised by the six IP Helpdesks, the training session will look at what intellectual property is, which benefits are associated with IP and how IP can support businesses in the ongoing green and digital transitions. Registration for the event is now open.

For more information on the EU Industry Days, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/business-and-industry/eu-industry-days_en

Further information on the EU Industry Weeks can be found here: https://eu-industry-days.ec.europa.eu/eu-industry-weeks

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25 January 2022