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Since the first Patinnova Conference in Madrid in 1990 this series of biennial conferences has grown into the largest regular gathering of patent professionals in Europe, arguably the largest in the world. Lisbon '92, Copenhagen '94 and Vienna '97 all contributed to the growing reputation of Patinnova within the patent community. Patinnova '99 was a lively event and everyone agreed that the Sani Convention Centre was an ideal choice of venue. My clear impression is that, once again, Patinnova has had a significant effect, throughout the Union, in helping to raise awareness and understanding of intellectual property.

Each of the Patinnova Conferences has had its main points of interest. Patinnova '99 focused on three areas of political and commercial importance. Firstly, the increasingly rapid evolution of all aspects of patent information. Secondly, the growing need for IPR awareness-raising which, in turn, raised some key policy implications. Thirdly, there was a close look at some new approaches to the problem of patent litigation in Europe and around the world. The opportunity was also taken to discuss the European Commission efforts to bring about a true Community Patent in a special plenary session.

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Authors: DG for Enterprise,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17034 EN (2000) 441pp., EURO:FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG for Enterprise, Innovation, Communication and Awareness,Batiment Jean Monnet,Rue Alcide de Gasperi,L-2920,Luxembourg Office: EUFO 02/2295 Tel: +352 4301 33153 Fax: +352 4301 32084
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-0116-8
Record Number: 200012976 / Last updated on: 2000-12-22
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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