Established in 2005, the Transatlantic Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Working Group (previously known as the U.S.-EU IPR Working Group) meets once a year to conduct government-to-government talks on a wide range of IPR-related issues. The Working Group operates in the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), and coordinates in three main areas under the U.S.-EU IPR Action Strategy: engagement on IPR issues in third countries and international organizations, customs cooperation, and public-private partnerships.
The TIPRWG is co-chaired by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on the U.S. side and on the EU side by the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission. The TIPRWG alternates every year between Brussels and Washington.
TABC hosts the stakeholder meeting when the TIPRWG takes place in Brussels (when in Washington, the U.S. Chamber holds this meeting). This event takes place the day before the TIPRWG with the aim of informing its agenda. This is the only officially recognized conference that provides input from transatlantic stakeholders from both the business and NGO communities, and it serves as a platform to make progress on bilateral cooperation and address relevant IPR issues.
The last stakeholder event was hosted by TABC on July 14, 2016 in Brussels. The meeting addressed issues including counterfeiting, enforcement and voluntary stakeholder initiatives, IPR in multilateral organizations, and IP environment in key markets.