European Cooperation in the EUIPN
The European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) brings together the national and regional IP offices of the EU, the EUIPO, international partners, and customers of the Office to build a stronger IP network in the EU.
Cooperation with the national and regional intellectual property offices of the EU, with the involvement of users, is now a core task of the Office, which reflects the two-tier nature of the European trade mark and design systems characterised by the coexistence of EU and national/regional titles and their complementary relationship.
Under SP2025, the EUIPO will continue to dedicate significant resources to this work, expanding the role and importance of the EUIPN in order to deliver positive change on the ground.
The European Cooperation projects which will be developed under this Strategic Plan cycle were approved by the Office’s governing bodies in November 2019. They mark the most comprehensive and most expansive cooperation project cycle undertaken by the EUIPN, with three new projects aimed at, among others, small and medium enterprises, and collaboration services with EUIPN members. The projects will support the complete transposition of the Trade Mark Directive and will carry on work developing and improving the tools and services developed under previous cooperation iterations.
Between now and 2025, eight strands of projects will be deployed. Each project is supported by a working group, comprising EU national and regional IP office experts, users, and, where relevant, experts from international organisations.
ECP 1: Consolidate the implementation of EUIPN tools
ECP 2: Improvement and upgrade of EUIPN tools
ECP 3: New tools
ECP 4: Convergence of Practices
ECP 5: Sustainability of the Network
ECP 6: Supporting SMEs
ECP 7: Implementation of the Directive
ECP 8: Collaborative Services