SEA IPR – SEA Intellectual Property Rights
Over the years, European shipyards and maritime equipment manufacturers have invested significant amounts of money for research and development activities and accumulated knowledge assets of tremendous value. Being active in higher value added market segments, intellectual property (IP) protection is the key to maintaining European technological leadership on the international shipbuilding and maritime equipment markets. However, due to the unique characteristics of the sector and regulatory environment, compared with other high tech sectors, European shipyards and European maritime equipment manufacturers are facing increased difficulties in applying traditional IPR protection tools.The main activities of SEA IPR include:
- Monitor and analyse all policy, regulatory and business matters related to shipbuilding and maritime equipment IP protection and promotion;
- Share best practice among member companies;
- Prepare and present the view of the European Industry on IP related topics at various forums and EU/International organisations;
- Act as the think tank for GuardSHIP (the European shipbuilding IP collective management organization);
- Tackle shipbuilding and maritime equipment specific IP protection issues in a systematic manner.
Thomas Lockhart (Gican)