BRUSSELS – IP Europe, a trade association that represents companies promoting a strong European innovation ecosystem, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick McCutcheon as its new Managing Director effective 1 July 2022.
“Patrick McCutcheon has a wealth of experience in creating policies which promote investment in research & development. He will help lead our efforts to highlight the importance of patents to incentivise investment in innovative standards,” said Collette Rawnsley, chair of IP Europe. “We are thrilled that he is joining us as we look to promote strong intellectual property (IP) protection in Europe to create an environment that attracts and supports continuous investments in cutting-edge technologies for the future.”
Many of IP Europe’s members develop, market and implement critical communications standards (5G/6G and audio/video compression) for a wide range of applications including smartphones, smart watches, connected transport and the Internet of Things.
McCutcheon has worked in the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation department since 2005. In this capacity, he has advised the Commission on issues related to R&D, collaboration among innovation actors, knowledge transfer, patent markets, and some competition aspects of innovation.
“I look forward to joining IP Europe and supporting its efforts to enhance European leadership in innovation and specifically in R&D central to our strategic autonomy and technological sovereignty,” he said.
McCutcheon will take the wheel at IP Europe at a strategic moment for 5G and 6G mobile communication standards and a busy time for those engaged in the IP policy debate.
About IP Europe
IP Europe is a coalition of research- and development-intensive organisations whose inventions are protected by patents. Its members include licensors, marketers and implementers of patents including standard essential patents. IP Europe’s mission is to promote policies that support a strong European innovation ecosystem and drive growth, job creation and the emergence of new European technologies, businesses and markets. Learn more at ipeurope.org.
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