Data Protection and IP Update

The European Commission has been busy and released several documents on salient issues relating to IP and Data Protection:

The Commission’s IP Action Plan, announcing measures in five key areas: 1) improvement of IP protection in the fields of SPCs, EU design protection or GIs; call for rollout of the Unitary Patent System, 2) IPRs and SMEs, 3) sharing of essential IP in times of crisis / standard essential patents, 4) fight against counterfeits and improvement of IP enforcement, 5) promotion of a “global level playing field”. The Action Plan and a variety of corresponding documents are available here:

A detailed report on the challenges AI poses to the intellectual property rights framework:

The Proposal for a Regulation on European data governance (Data Governance Act), which is the first of a set of measures relating to the 2020 European strategy for data: