Established in 2005, the Transatlantic Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Working Group (previously known as the U.S.-EU IPR Working Group) meets once a year to conduct government-to-government talks and consults with transatlantic stakeholders from both the business and NGO communities on a wide range of IPR-related issues. It operates in the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC).
The U.S. delegation is co-chaired by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The EU delegation is chaired by the Directorates General for Trade.
The Working Group coordinates in three main areas under the U.S.-EU IPR Action Strategy: engagement on IPR issues in third countries, customs cooperation, and public-private partnerships.
This meeting addressed issues including:
– Innovation and the Value of IP: Empirical Approaches to Policy-Making
– Securing the IP Environment in Key Markets
– IPR in Multilateral OrganisationsCustoms & Investigative Cooperation
– Public-Private Cooperation
– Stakeholder issues