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Dez 05, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 21/17)
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IP Enforcement Policy by European Commission Issued

On November 29, 2017, the European Commission presents measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected. The Commission's objective is to encourage European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity.

The Commission seeks to deprive commercial-scale IP infringers of the revenue flows that make their criminal activity lucrative. It also ensures that enforcement actions are adapted to the requirements of today's digital age. The Commission aims to:

- Ensure an equally high level of legal protection and a predictable judicial framework across the EU. The new guidance clarifies on differing interpretations among memeber states regarding the 2004 Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRED).
- Encourage industry to fight IP infringements Based on the positive experiences with the Memorandum of Understanding on the sale of counterfeit goods via the internet the Commission continues to support industry-led initiatives to combat IP infringements by several agreements which complement the recent guidelines for online platforms to tackle illegal content.
- Reduce the volume of counterfeited products reaching the EU market.The Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation programmes with third countries (China, South-East Asia, and Latin America) and create a watch-list of markets that are reported to engage in, or facilitate, substantial IPR infringement. The Commission will publish an updated report on IPR enforcement in third countries. The Commission will step up co-operation between EU customs authorities, notably by assessing the implementation of the EU Customs Action Plan on IP infringements for 2013-2017 and proposing more targeted assistance to national customs authorities.

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