Partnerships

ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK

The European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA), composed of EMECA and UFI, is associate partner in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) of the European Commission.
The Enterprise Europe Network helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace. It helps SMEs to develop their business in new markets, to source or license new technologies or to access EU finance and EU funding. The EEN has close to 600 member organisations across the EU and beyond. They include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, universities and development agencies.

EMECA is a natural partner of the Enterprise Europe Network. The EEN's activities are complementary to EMECA Members' initiatives and often take place at trade fairs.

http://een.ec.europa.eu/

 

IPR HELPDESKs AND WIPO

Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are key to innovation and competitiveness in Europe. EMECA Members actively support the promotion and awareness raising of IPR and IPR conflict solving during trade fairs.

EMECA cooperates with the EU-funded Helpdesk and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in this respect and offers tailor made info material for trade fair organisers and exhibitors.
 

NEW: EEIA and EMECA have collaborated with the European IPR Helpdesk and published NEW Fact Sheets on Intellectual Property Managment at exhibitions for companies and for trade fair organisers.


Intellectual property management at trade fairs

Tackling intellectual property (IP) issues in trade fairs and exhibitions is not only a crucial element for exhibitors. It is also highly important for organisers as the risk of IP infringement in a trade fair/exhibition may affect the credibility of the trade show and might discourage companies from participating in these events. Being aware of this, many organisers are now taking initiatives to ease the fight against IP infringements.

This fact sheet offers some possible measures that can be taken by the trade fair organisers to prevent the infringement of IP rights during trade fairs, and introduces real examples from a number of trade fair organisers and associations.

Trade fairs and exhibitions are very important marketing tools for companies, in particular for SMEs. They help to attract new customers, test products, access new markets, raise the image, profile and popularity of a company or product, and enhance competitiveness.

While, trade fairs can facilitate intellectual property (IP) infringements, they can also help IP owners detect such infringements. Therefore, exhibitors must be aware of all the IP issues that can arise in the context of trade fairs and take appropriate measures before, during and after the show.

IP considerations for trade fair organisers

Tackling intellectual property (IP) issues in trade fairs and exhibitions is not only a crucial element for exhibitors. It is also highly important for organisers as the risk of IP infringement in a trade fair/exhibition may affect the credibility of the trade show and might discourage companies from participating in these events. Being aware of this, many organisers are now taking initiatives to ease the fight against IP infringements.

This fact sheet offers some possible measures that can be taken by the trade fair organisers to prevent the infringement of IP rights during trade fairs, and introduces real examples from a number of trade fair organisers and associations.

https://www.iprhelpdesk.eu/

http://www.ipr-hub.eu/

http://www.wipo.int/portal/en/index.html