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June 25, 2019 About the EUIPO

Public consultation on EUIPO’s strategic plan

The EUIPO’s next strategic plan, SP2025, is taking another step forward today with the beginning of the second round of consultation following the presentation of a preliminary draft to the Office’s governing bodies.

The preliminary draft Strategic Plan for the years up until 2025 received general support for its main directions from Members and observers of the Office’s Management Board and Budget Committee (MBBC) in their meeting earlier in June.

The preliminary draft was prepared after a first round of consultation based on a number of strategic drivers outlining the challenges posed by technology, globalisation and enforcement, as well as the need to enable SMEs to make more effective use of IP rights. A report on that first stakeholder and staff consultation is available on the EUIPO website. A number of comments and suggestions were made at the MBBC meeting, which were taken into account in the current full draft text, which is hereby released for public consultation with a deadline for contributions by September 17. Please submit your comments using the consultation form and send it to SP2025@euipo.europa.eu

At the MBBC meeting, Member State delegations expressed their willingness to actively participate in the implementation of the Strategic Plan, under which a greater role is envisaged for them in delivering activities at the national level in support of the plan’s overall priorities, with particular regard to helping SMEs and enforcement. The representative of the European Commission welcomed the preliminary draft of SP2025 from a policy perspective. The User Associations taking part in the meeting as observers also expressed broad support for the new plan and its priorities.

Since the plan is intended to be a high level strategic document, the SP2025 actions and projects will be detailed in the Office’s annual Work Programmes and in the European Cooperation Projects. In addition to this public consultation, pursuant articles 157(4)(e) EUTMR, a formal consultation with the European Commission and an exchange of views with the relevant European Parliament Committee will also be conducted.

After further revision, the final draft of SP2025 will be submitted for adoption to the next meeting of the MBBC in November, followed by the start of implementation in July 2020.

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