Commission on Intellectual Property2018-02-12T16:57:46+00:00

ICC Commission on Intellectual Property

Is the voice of business worldwide on intellectual property issues at the cutting edge of international policy-making.

With over 300+ members from 50 of countries, the commission provides for a global forum including business executives and private practitioners to formulate ICC’s intellectual property (IP) policy.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Monitor and provide business perspectives on technology and IP-related issues in UN processes relating to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.
  • Coordinate business input on the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing to ensure transparent and practically implementable legislation at regional and international levels.
  • Issue the 13th edition of the ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap.
  • Develop a knowledge compendium for businesses regarding the valuation and monetization of IP assets.
  • Explore the impact of initiatives to improve efficiency, such as work sharing between patent offices, on patent examination and patent quality.
  • Prepare a position on the reduction of formalities relating to IPR registrations through adhesion to the Convention on the Apostille.
  • Analyse and articulate business needs with respect to requirements for design protection for graphical user interfaces around the world.
  • Continue to produce evidence-based research on the role of intellectual property in innovation by issuing a fifth research paper on incremental innovation.
    Reinforce messaging on the importance of the European unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court for business in the context of Brexit.
  • Conduct a comparative analysis of recent trade secret legislation in the EU and the US, and possibly other jurisdictions, to facilitate trade secret protection by businesses.
  • Provide an overview of utility models regimes worldwide and business best practices for dealing with these.
The commission identifies key intellectual property issues facing the international business community and contributes the business voice to debates to resolve these. The commission initiated and continues to actively support and contribute to Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) a high-level ICC initiative uniting different sectors worldwide to fight against counterfeiting and piracy. In Belgium, we have been particularly active since the co-creation, with the General Administration of Customs and Excise (GAC&E)  of a Private Foundation Non à la Contrefaçon et à la Piraterie/Neen aan Namaak en Piraterij (NANAC).

Through its awareness-raising and advocacy initiatives, ICC promotes the positive role of the IP system, gives guidance on how the system can be made more efficient and cost effective, and helps policymakers adapt the system to new challenges.

As an advocate for international business, ICC works closely with intergovernmental organizations involved in intellectual property policy-making, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as with other international organizations.

Its biennial publication The ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap: Current and Emerging Issues for Business and other initiatives help raise awareness of IP policy issues and of the contribution the intellectual property system makes to economic, social and cultural development.

Intellectual property rights are used in most industries and IP policy has an impact on many sectors, ranging from copyright and technology-based industries, to sectors for which brands and designs are key, and many other industries which focus on innovation and creativity.

ICC provides business input into the international legal and policy framework of intellectual property law, which will be translated into national law with a direct impact on the operating environment for business.

Advantages for IP Commission members:

  • Access to cutting-edge information on IP developments at international level, as well as at national and regional level, through reports and exchanges with fellow members
  • Participating in international meetings and the work of international organizations
  • Leading and contributing to international policy development under ICC’s name
  • Meeting and learning from experiences of different sectors/organizations
  • Intellectual exchange with high level experts from different countries with diverse expertise
  • Networking with professional colleagues
  • Being part of a prestigious group of well-known high level executives and lawyers

To join the commission, you have to be a member of ICC Belgium. We would be happy to discuss about it. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Jean-Jacques Canonici, GEVERS
Frederic De Coninck, GEVERS
Valentin de le Court, GEVERS
Bruno De Vuyst, JANSON BAUGNIET
Sofia Dilinos, IAB EUROPE
Johan Erauw, ERAUW
Townsend Feehan, IAB EUROPE
Alison Fennah, IAB EUROPE
Ilias Konteas, BUSINESS EUROPE
Patrick Krekels, SWIFT
Jan-Diederik Lindemans, CROWELL & MORING – BRUSSELS
Alex Macarescu, IAB EUROPE
Dominique Muyldermans, CROPLIFE INTERNATIONAL
Ionel Naftanaila, IAB EUROPE
Filip  Petillion, CROWELL & MORING – BRUSSELS
Nathalie Ragheno, VBO-FEB
Jean-François Serrier, SOLVAY S.A. BRUSSELS
Frank Vancoppenolle, GEVERS
Filip  Van Elsen, ALLEN & OVERY LLP – ANTWERPEN
Herman W.  Verbist, EVEREST
Françoise Vidts, MATRAY, MATRAY & HALLET

TASK FORCE ON EUROPEAN PATENT LITIGATION JURISDICTION (FORMER 450-14), 450-2
Jean-Jacques Canonici, GEVERS
Frederic De Coninck, GEVERS
Valentin de le Court, GEVERS
Frank Vancoppenolle, GEVERS

TASK FORCE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ROADMAP (FORMER 450-6) , 450-34
Filip  Petillion, CROWELL & MORING – BRUSSELS

TASK FORCE ON ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING (ABS) , 450-40
Geert  Glas, ALLEN & OVERY LLP – BRUSSELS
Martin Leube, BAYER CROPSCIENCE
Esmeralda Prat, BAYER CROPSCIENCE

TASK FORCE ON TRADE SECRETS , 450-41
Bruno De Vuyst, JANSON BAUGNIET
Jan-Diederik Lindemans, CROWELL & MORING – BRUSSELS

TASK FORCE ON INNOVATION AND IP , 450-42
Bruno De Vuyst, JANSON BAUGNIET
Ilias Konteas, BUSINESS EUROPE

TASK FORCE ON SPECIALIZED IP JURISDICTIONS , 450-44
Benjamin Bai, ALLEN & OVERY LLP – SHANGAI
Lidy-Anne Jeswiet, GEVERS
Mathieu Maes, ICC BELGIUM
Filip  Petillion, CROWELL & MORING – BRUSSELS
Jean-François Serrier, SOLVAY S.A. BRUSSELS
Filip  Van Elsen, ALLEN & OVERY LLP – ANTWERPEN
Tom Vandenbosch, UMICORE

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