With the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018, there is a good opportunity to engage in a dialogue on the prevention of counterfeiting and piracy. It is one of the areas where the European Union and the Russian Federation have a shared interest as both parties are committed to reduce the harm caused by counterfeiting and piracy to Russian and European businesses. Counterfeiting also undermines the EU's and the Russian Federation's comparative advantages in innovation and creativity while both parties need many researchers, inventors, creators and start-ups to continue investing in new ideas and knowledge.
The workshop is aimed at the business community from the EU and Russia as well as consumer groups, policy makers, IPR enforcers, academics and other relevant interlocutors. It will provide a platform for dialogue specifically on online piracy, on border enforcement measures, and for sharing best practices and strategies for businesses both from the EU and Russia to fight counterfeiting.
"The protection of intellectual property rights is an essential element in any economic strategy aimed at increasing investment and innovation. Implementing best practices for fighting piracy and counterfeiting will thus prove fundamental for the Russian Federation to achieve sustainable economic growth," said Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Sven-Olov Carlsson ahead of the event.
Date and time: 27 – 28 March 2018 from 9:30 until 17:30 (registration starts at 9:00)
Venue: Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel (Tverskaya Street 26/1, Moscow)
The workshop is open to media (programme attached)
The EU has a solid Intellectual property rights (IPR) system, but IP infringements are on the rise across the globe. 5% of all imports into the EU are counterfeit and pirated good, which is about EUR 85 billion in illegal trade. The EU is working constantly to improve its system, whereby people and companies can seek protection via patents, trademarks, copyrights and designs, and see their investment rewarded.