Public consultation: respect of intellectual property in public procurement procedures

logo_en  The European Commission has launched on 20 April a public consultation on the respect of intellectual property in public procurement procedures. The consultation remains open until 7 July 2015.

The objective of the consultation is to gather evidence, opinions and feedback regarding the respect of intellectual property rights and trade secrets in public procurement procedures. The consultation also aims to gather information on whether or not there is a need for specific guidance on this issue.

This initiative was proposed in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee, “Towards a renewed consensus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: An EU Action Plan”, COM(2014)392, 1.7.2014. See in particular action 9.

More information on the consultation here