On 5 and 6 April, the French anti-counterfeiting organization UNIFAB (union des fabricants) invites to this year’s European Forum of Intellectual Property. The event hosted in Paris brings together many key players in the fight against IP violations. It focuses on intellectual property protection in the near future and the prosecution of IP violations.
IP experts, lawyers, and international companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft will attend the UNIFAB’s 23rd annual conference. Representatives of national, European, and international organizations will also participate, such as the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
Lectures and panel discussions will e.g. cover the important role of information and communications in IP protection, in order to raise awareness among lawmakers and to educate businesses and consumers. Additionally, the impact of the Internet and the digital world on IP protection will be addressed: for example, the question of whether technology and digital platforms can be new actors in the fight against counterfeiting and thus efficiently contribute to IP protection. The status quo in IP legislation will also be a topic of discussion, especially in light of new challenges posed by digital offerings and changing consumer habits.