Property rights package (Communication)

EESC opinion: Property rights package (Communication)

Key points


  • agrees with the Commission's objectives regarding the harmonisation of legal systems and the interpretation of the 2004 intellectual property rights enforcement directive (IPRED);
  • supports the FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) principles in relation to standard-essential patents (SEPs);
  • calls for a regulation that encourages young researchers to use their knowledge and skills to set up new business projects;
  • believes that it is essential to persuade consumers to behave in a more socially responsible way with regard to "intangible" property, as they do where "tangible" property is concerned, without compromising their right to "private copying" in the area of copyright.
  • considers that the open source principle must be correctly implemented in the field of public research;
  • recommends that a European mediation network be set up, to work in line with the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union.