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Sherlock, Sean

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Intellectual Property Protocol

The recently published study referred to by the Deputy carried out jointly by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Patent Office is the first ever EU-wide stu...More Button

The study found that about 40% of total economic activity in the EU amounting to some €4.7 trillion annually is generated by industries that are referred to as being IPR-intensive in the sense t...More Button

While my officials have not had the opportunity to consider the study in detail, it is seen as providing important data that will underpin and inform evidence-based policy making in the area of I...More Button

Ireland’s rating in the study is very favourable. Ireland rates first in terms of GDP share in all IPR-intensive industries in the EU, first for GDP share of copyright-intensive industries and, f...More Button

This Government has focussed on ensuring Ireland’s Intellectual Property regime compares favourably with best international practice. The Action Plan for Jobs has targeted enhancements in Irelan...More Button

During the Irish EU Presidency, an agreement to establish a Unified Patent Court was signed in February 2013 which, when established alongside the EU unitary patent system, will help to streamlin...More Button

A report by the Copyright Review Committee set up in 2011 to examine the existing Copyright regime and to specifically examine whether it presents any barriers to innovation is expected to be pub...More Button

Tobacco Control Measures

The Government announced on the 28th May last that it intends to bring forward legislation for the introduction of plain or standardised packaging for tobacco products in Ireland. The Department of...More Button

My Department has nominated a representative to the group and attended the two meetings of the group to date. I understand the work of the group is on-going. My Department has outlined to the gro...More Button

The Revenue Commissioners are the appropriate authority to answer the Deputy's question in relation to the extent of illicit trade in the tobacco sector and the negative impact it is having on jo...More Button