DG TAXUD/EUIPO JOINT PUBLICATION: EU ENFORCEMENT OF IPRs
DG TAXUD and the EUIPO have just published a joint factual document, which presents the results at the EU border and internal market regarding the enforcement of IPRs in 2020.
The document is based on data on the detentions at the EU border reported by the customs authorities of all the Member States, through the EU-wide anti-counterfeit and anti-piracy information system (COPIS), as well as the data on detentions within the internal market reported by the enforcement authorities of 23 out of 27 EU Members States, through the IP Enforcement Portal (IPEP).
The document aims to support the analysis of IPR infringements in the EU and the development of countermeasures, as well as provides an evidence base for EU policymakers.
ECTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE ‘WALTZING WITH IP’ - PHOTOS AND SUMMARY
This year, ECTA held its Annual Conference in October and in a hybrid format for the first time. By doing so, we were able to meet in person again for the first time since spring 2020. It was truly special to have our community back together again and enjoy the ECTA Family feeling after such a long break.
The academic part of the event, opened by WIPO Director General Daren Tang, Deputy Executive Director of EUIPO Andrea Di Carlo and Head of DG Grow with the European Commission Kamil Kiljanski, was a day-long learning experience with top speakers and guests. Our attendees were updated on the latest IP news and trends with a focus on SMEs and AI, EU case law developments, and many other hot IP topics such as the conflict of interest, brand ethics, and the role of GIs in communicating with consumers. Also, in pace with the times, we introduced a session on soft skills, sharing some good tips on how to acquire clients and network online.
The Conference was also a good opportunity for our Committees to move forward with their projects, and for the Supervisory Board to discuss ECTA’s strategic aspects.
Being true to the traditions of ECTA’s Annual Conferences, we certainly did not forget about the social aspect! After intense meetings with interesting discussions, we toasted at the Welcome Reception on Thursday and enjoyed a mesmerising Viennese Waltz during the Friday Gala Dinner at the Museum of Applied Arts.
It was great to see so many cheerful colleagues and friends getting together again!
The high rate of attendance, active participation and incredible enthusiasm of our attendees made it one of the largest in-person IP events this year and proved the strenght of our network of professionals and friends.
We thank all participants for the trust and continued support to our Association!
Looking ahead, we hope to see many colleagues in Copenhagen at ECTA 40th Annual Conference ‘Designing the Future’, 15-18 June 2022! Save the dates in your calendar!
EUIPO OBSERVATORY DISCUSSION PAPER ON E-PAYMENT SERVICES
The EUIPO Observatory unveiled a discussion paper on challenges and good practices that e-payment service providers, IP owners and law enforcement authorities are facing to prevent the use of such services for IP-infringing activities.
The e-payment ecosystem is complex and is changing fast, giving rise to new services and types of payment intermediaries. In particular, IPR infringers increasingly engage in sophisticated uses of these services to make the flow of funds more complicated to trace and undermine the investigative measures to detect illegal activity.
EU PARLIAMENT ASSESSED ON COMMISSION’S IP ACTION PLAN
In a report adopted with 454 votes for, 94 against and 23 abstentions, the EU Parliament assessed the ambitions of the Commission’s EU Intellectual Property Action plan and presented an array of recommendations. In particular, MEPs:
- Recommend that Member States, Commission, customs authorities, Europol, Interpol and law enforcement authorities work together more closely to fight counterfeiting and piracy. New technologies (AI and blockchain) could be used more to help tackle these crimes. - Support the plan to assess the feasibility of a GI protection system for non-agri products in the EU and expect to see a legislative proposal before the end of 2021. - Call on the 25 participating Member States to quickly ratify the agreement for the unitary patent system and for those not yet engaged to follow suit. - Call for establishing clear criteria for protecting AI-generated inventions. - Encourage Member States to transpose the EU Copyright Directive ‘without delay’.
The EUIPO ECP7 TMD Implementation Training project has organised, in collaboration with the National IPOs and User Associations, including ECTA, a series of live webinars which are covering topics related to the changes brought about by the transposition of the EU Trade Mark Directive in each Member State.
In particular, ECTA and BMM will jointly participate in a webinar on 9 December (10.00-12.00 CET) within the framework of the EUIPO TMD webinar series. Speakers from both Associations, Delia Belciu (ECTA), Mara Mondolfo (ECTA), Carina Gommers (BMM), Lenneke van Gaal (BMM) will discuss what has changed in the trade mark opposition procedure as well as in the cancellation, invalidity, revocation procedure from the Benelux, Romania, Italy and other EU jurisdictions’ perspectives.
The webinar will be held in English via the Zoom Webinar platform. To find out more and register, please visit here.