Milestones for improving the protection of SME innovations

Although there has been substantial progress in harmonising IP regimes both across the world (with the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) (1970), the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of IP Rights (1994) and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (2004)) and in Europe (through the European Patent Convention, the Community trademark, the Community design and the EU IP Rights Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC)), there is still a long way to go. Even once the proposed US patent reform and the long-awaited European patent have come into force, this is still likely to be the case.

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