On March 17, IP Europe presented the effects of the new US IEEE patents rules and their implications on European innovators to the EU Market Access Committee. Referring to concrete examples, IP Europe asked all government representatives in attendance to “put themselves in the shoes of the innovative SME that have to defend their patents in front of large implementers” –citing the IEEE US corporate sponsors.

After an exchange with Member States and the European Commission, IP Europe requested DG Trade to raise this matter with their US counterparts with a view to persuading them to undo these harmful decisions.