IP Europe presents impact of new U.S. IEEE patent rules on innovative SMEs and calls for EU action

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.

T-TIP to include an SME chapter says EU Trade Commissionner Malmström

In an answer to an EU parliamentary question, Ms Cecilia Malmström stated that : “to ensure that SMEs take more advantage of trade agreements, the Commission will include SME provisions in future agreements. For the first time the EU is negotiating an SME chapter in an FTA (TTIP), which will include cooperation, information sharing and an SME Committee.”

SMEs to enter in the negotiation's scope of T-TIP with a yet unclear goal.

EU's initial proposal for legal text for "an SME Committee" in the SME chapter of T-TIP. It was tabled for discussion with the US in the negotiating round of 19 - 23 October 2015 and made public on 6 November 2015.

IP Section in US TTP to be released

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TTP) released last Thurday includes an IP section aiming to spread US-Style IP protection overseas. It's too early to say if it will have an influence on the current T-TIP discussions between the US and EU. https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/trans-pacific-partnership/TPP-Full-Text