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Cooperation is a mandate and a mission at the EUIPO.

The IP world is ever more interlinked and interconnected, so to help our customers and to strengthen the global IP framework, we cooperate and collaborate with partners both in the EU and internationally.


Our network is built through European cooperation in the area of tools and services, and at international level throughout the world.


Our IP network encompasses our European partners in the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN); the national and regional intellectual property offices of the EU. Together, we build advanced tools and services for our customers, and we develop and implement common practices.

At international level, we implement a set of EU-funded projects for the European Commission in China, South-East Asia (the IPKey South-East Asia and the Arise+IPR projects), Latin America, the Caribbean, Georgia and Africa.

We also cooperate bilaterally with other countries and regions around the world, as well as with international forums like TM5 and ID5.

Our Institutional Relations function handles all interactions between our major partners: EU institutions; national and regional IP offices of the Member States of the EU; and user associations. It is here that the Secretariat of the Management Board and Budget Committee, our governing bodies, is based. The Institutional Relations function also handles the Liaison Meetings, and is in charge of the two-way information flow between the EUIPO and its stakeholders through a number of bilateral and ad-hoc events.

Through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, transferred to the EUIPO in 2012 under Regulation (EU) No 386/2012, the Office coordinates a number of pan-European networks, including the IP in Education Network, the European Intellectual Property Prosecutors’ Network and the Judges’ Network. Cooperation is also carried out with EU agencies and international bodies like Europol, Eurojust, CEPOL, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).






IP KEY: new drive to support IP in Latin America


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IP KEY: new drive to support IP in Latin America


On 27 April, the official launch of the second phase of the IP Key Latin America project, funded by the European Union (EU) and managed by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), took place in Mexico City. The aim of this project is to increase intellectual property protection and enforcement throughout Latin America.

IP Key Latin America will run for 3 years and focus on Chile, Mexico, the Andean Community (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru), Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay). It will: 

  • work in areas related to trade agreements between the EU and Latin America.
  • support the protection of trade marks, designs, geographical indications, plant varieties, patents and copyright throughout the region.
  • support studies that confirm the economic benefits of intellectual property rights (IPR) for local economies.

Improvement in intellectual property rights in Latin America

  • Intellectual property enforcement
    The illegal circulation of counterfeit products remains a serious problem in Latin America. Some countries in the region encounter difficulties in implementing effective customs and online sales controls.
  • Trade marks and designs
    Only four Latin American countries are party to the Madrid Protocol, while only Mexico is party to the Hague Protocol. These protocols enable companies and individuals to register their trade marks and designs, respectively, at international level. Non-membership of these systems is to the detriment of local industry, which has less protection in third countries.
  • Geographical indications
    Geographical indications help local producers protect their businesses. They lead to higher returns and market expansion. As in the previous case, the International System of Geographical Indications (Lisbon) only has Mexico as a Latin American representative.
  • Patents
    IP Key Latin America will also promote this in order to support international patent standards, for the benefit of Latin American business people.
  • Plant varieties
    Plant varieties are an essential element of free trade agreements with the EU. IP Key Latin America will promote the region’s access to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 1991) for the benefit of Latin American farmers.
  • Copyright
    Copyright is a very important part of trade between the EU and Latin America. IP Key Latin America will support general government bodies in further developing this intellectual property component.
IP Contribution to the economy in Latin America:
According to studies carried out in the first phase of IP Key, IPR-intensive industries contribute to the local economies (employment, GDP and exports) of the following countries, thus confirming the economic benefits of intellectual property rights:
Employment (%) México Argentina Perú Chile Uruguay UE*
Trade mark intensive 16,7 13,7 30,8 25,3 17,9 21,7
Patent intensive 7,1 7,9 6,9 5,9 7,8 11,3
Design intensive 7,5 9,1 5,5 2 0,5 5,5
Copyright intensive   10   4,3 4,4 5,5
IPR intensive 20,5 24,5 33,2 27,5 23,5 29,4
GDP (%) México Argentina Perú Chile Uruguay TOTAL UE*
Trade mark intensive 44,7 26,8 46 45,4 43,3 41,4 37,4
Patent intensive 23 13,5 23 8,4 22,8 19,3 17
Design intensive 19,2 15,1 10 2,9 0,6 14,8 16,9
Copyright intensive   15,3   6,3 4,3 3,9 6,6
IPR intensive 47,8 41,9 55 49,9 48,9 47,7 45,3
Exports of goods (%) México Argentina* Perú Chile Uruguay
Trade mark intensive 54,6 37,4 49 71,3 40,4
Patent intensive 63,8 30,1 75 37,8 4
Design intensive 56,3 23,9 14 2,8 3,8
Copyright intensive   1,0   1,5 0,3
IPR intensive 74,7 56,4 84 73,3 44
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