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Empowering Youth in IP: the IP Youth Workshop in Alicante

On 15th to 17th June, 60 young people from across the 28 EU member states met at the EUIPO premises in Alicante to discuss and develop inspiring and creative ways to communicate the importance of intellectual property and its respect by youth in Europe. Youth Association representatives, artists, entrepreneurs, bloggers, gamers, students …. were amongst those invited and, in an enthusiastic and open atmosphere, passionately debated as they fully immersed themselves in the intense, workshop activities.



The event kicked off with a hearty welcome by Mr. Christian Archambeau, Deputy Executive Director of EUIPO, and Mr. Paul Maier, Director of the European Observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights. Their shared message: the wish of EUIPO to listen to European youth to achieve its goal of communicating more effectively to this young, target audience and engage with them in meaningful conversations.

After a brief presentation of the main findings from the IP Youth Scoreboard and in an atmosphere of open debate, participants discussed the trust of websites and web-shops, the ability to distinguish reliable sources from unreliable ones, the sharing of personal data with unreliable sources, the consequences of purchasing counterfeit goods and downloading from illegal sites for small artists and creators, as well as the importance of quality, availability and the affordability of physical and digital products. These, and other issues, were discussed in small groups to produce relevant messages and campaign proposals. Videos, collage, and role play were amongst the chosen formats used to illustrate the campaigns ideas whose creation and presentations were enjoyed by all.

Day 2 focused on the Ideas Powered initiative. Participants discussed, using the world café methodology, how Ideas Powered could help engage youth further and how youth and the participants themselves could contribute to the initiative’s objectives. In a dynamic atmosphere, groups changed and proposals were built upon and fine-tuned to become clear recommendations for developing Ideas Powered and for generating more conversations about the issues concerning intellectual property and its respect.

The workshop ended with a closing speech by Andrea Di Carlo, Deputy Director of the European Observatory who thanked all participants for attending and for showing such enthusiasm during the event. The results of the discussions are now to be consolidated and will be shared with participants.  Next steps and new initiatives will be presented on Ideas Powered.

We thank all participants for taking the time to join us and for sharing their views with us.