European and Latin American SMEs - Intellectual Property and Internationalisation Survey

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Dear SME representative,

On behalf of the European Commission - DG GROW, CARSA (in consortium with PwC Luxembourg, London Economics and Innova SpA) is conducting a study (Click here to view a letter of support from the European Commission).

Your opinion can make a difference!

Your contribution will be vital for us to gather input, views and first-hand insights that will help us to better understand the environment regarding Internationalisation and protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Latin America from the perspective of European and Latin American SMEs.

We would be grateful, if you could complete our questionnaire, which should not take more than 5-10 minutes of your time. The survey is anonymous and the responses will be treated confidentially, in aggregated format and only for the purpose of this study. At the end of the survey you will have the option to indicate your email address so that we can send you the summarized results of the study.

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A. Company Profile

Where is your company's headquarters located?

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A. Company Profile

Is your company an SME according to the EU definition?

(Criteria 1: Less than 250 employees Criteria 2: Annual turnover of € 50 million or less OR Balance sheet total of € 43 million or less)?

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Is your company active in Latin America?

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In which Latin American country(ies) is your company most active?

Please select up to 5 Latin American countries where your company does business.

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Does your company work or cooperate directly with EU businesses?

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What is your strategy for entering/doing business in the Latin American market?

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What sector does your company belong to?

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How long has your company been in business?

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What percentage of your total turnover do you estimate to be a result of tade or partnership/cooperation with entities in Latin America?

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How many years of experience does your company have working with intellectual property (IP) rights issues?

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B. IP Use and Registration

In which Latin American country is your company most active?

Please base your answers for the rest of the survey on your experience in the market you select here.

How often do your enterprise's business dealings (trade or other partnerships) with Latin American entities involve intellectual property?

How often do your enterprise's business dealings (trade or other partnerships) with European entities involve intellectual property?

Has your company ever used any of the following IP rights protection mechanisms in Europe?

Has your company ever used any of the following IP rights protection mechanisms in Latin America?

Which of the following statements best describes how and why your company is using IP in Latin America?

In your opinion, does the IP registration process in Latin America impede your company's operations in the market?

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C. IPR Enforcement

Have you ever been confronted with IP infringement issues in Latin America?

In your opinion, do IP rights infringements in Latin America impede your company's operations in the market?

Do you easily find your way through IP protection and enforcement in Latin America?

Do you easily find your way through IP protection and enforcement in Latin America?

In your opinion, does the enforcement of IP rights in Latin America impede your company's operations in the market?

In your opinion, does the enforcement of IP rights in Latin America impede your company's operations in the market?

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D. IP Cooperation

How important do you consider external assistance when defining your IP strategy?

Which service providers do you contact for IP rights-related issues?

Please select up to 4 of your most used service providers

Which service providers do you contact for IP rights-related issues?

Please select up to 4 of your most used service providers

To what extent do you agree with the following statements regarding the attitudes towards IP of your business partners (agents, distributors, suppliers, customers, associates, etc.).

IP is an important consideration for my Latin American Partners.

Technology transfer is an important consideration for my Latin American Partners.

I consider the terms expected by my Latin American partners for using my IP to be unfair.

To what extent do you agree with the following statements regarding the attitudes towards IP of your business partners (agents, distributors, suppliers, customers, associates, etc.).

IP is an important consideration for my EU Partners.

Technology transfer is an important consideration for my EU Partners.

I consider the terms expected by my EU partners for using my IP to be unfair.

Please indicate to what extent you agree with the following statements on the IP environment in Latin America:

The Latin American system of IP enforcement and protection needs clearer rules.

The Latin American system of IP enforcement and protection needs more efficient enforcement procedures and mechanisms.

The Latin American system of IP enforcement and protection needs more cooperation with European authorities to benefit from similar procedures.

The Latin American system of IP enforcement and protection needs to have more information/support available to SMEs.

Other, please specify.

Thank you for your participation. If you would like to leave any additional comments on the topics covered in the survey please feel free to do so in the space provided below.

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