The report on the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation aims to evaluate how effectively it contributes to enforcing EU consumer laws; as well as to inform possible future reflections on how to strengthen the CPC pan-European enforcement network to increase cross-border enforcement no matter where a trader is based, tackle unfair practices affecting certain business sectors, and make the network more resilient in a crisis (e.g. COVID-19). Due date: June 27th, 2022.
A patent that protects technology essential to a standard is called a standard-essential patent (SEP). Patent-holders commit to licence their SEPs to users of the standard on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. However, some users have found that the system for licensing SEPs is not transparent, predictable or efficient. This initiative seeks to create a fair and balanced licensing framework and may combine legislative and non-legislative action. Due date May 9th, 2022.
Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are intellectual property rights extending patent protection for specific medicinal and plant protection products. While this regime is fit for purpose, differences between EU countries in its administration and enforcement create inefficiencies. This initiative will put in place a unitary SPC and/or a single (‘unified’) procedure for granting national SPCs. This will make SPCs more accessible and efficient, and benefit the health sector. Due date: April 5th, 2022
Digital technologies can unleash the full potential of flexible energy generation and consumption in different sectors and enable more use of renewable energy. This action plan will help develop a competitive market for digital energy services and digital energy infrastructure that are cyber-secure, efficient and sustainable. It will support energy system integration, participation of ‘prosumers’ in the energy transition and ensure interoperability of energy data, platforms and services.