Memorandum of Understanding on online advertising and IPR

The European Commission has recently published a Memorandum of Understanding on online advertising and IPR, which is a voluntary agreement facilitated by the European Commission to limit advertising on websites and mobile applications that infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods.

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IP enforcement: asserting your rights

Intellectual property (IP) can be protected by, among others, IP rights or titles, such as trade marks or patents. Such titles are usually thought to confer negative rights, which means the right to exclude others from using or commercialising, for example, an invention protected under a patent.

This process of not allowing others to use or commercialise protected IP is known as enforcement of rights, which can be done through civil, administrative and penal measures aimed at preventing the unauthorised use of intellectual property, sanctioning such use and providing remedies to right holders for the damage caused by such unauthorised use.

This Fact Sheet illustrates the importance of IP enforcement for businesses and research organisations while providing an overview of the main enforcement actions, together with the latest developments and initiatives of the European Commission in the field.

IP in Education — Education Council adopts conclusions on the future of European education

The Education Council, composed of the education ministers of the European Union, has recently adopted conclusions on moving towards a vision of a European education area as well as recommendations on lifelong learning. 

This far-reaching EU document, which sets out the roadmap for all Member States in its design of educational programmes, acknowledges the work of the IP in Education network managed by the EUIPO and recognises the efforts made by the Observatory's stakeholders and the work the Task Force. 

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (29)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and fashion focusing on the crucial role played by IP in protecting the products of this creative and vibrant industry.

The European IPR Helpdesk presents, on an introductory article, the different IP tools available to protect fashion designs, while the next contribution by Matej Michalec, lawyer at V4 Legal in Bratislava, develops the topic of IP protection tools in the European Union for the fashion industry, highlighting the issue of design protection and its overlap with copyright.

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director at 4iP Council, gives some useful hints on how to protect inventions in the fashion field, revealing that patent protection of fashion items is far from being a recent topic.

Then, EUIPO provides an article on the increased prevalence of counterfeiting practices in this sector, and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) focuses on the rise of online counterfeiting in the sporting goods industry and the measures available to tackle this problem.

In addition, we have interviewed Claudia G., a Spanish fashion designer who provides us with an insight into the work of designers and how they address IP matters.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service, as well as a brand-new IP and fashion quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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EU Blockathon: the anti-counterfeiting blockchain competition

The EUIPO is launching the first-ever anti-counterfeiting blockchain competition in Europe and invites the brightest blockchain teams to take part in a 4-day Blockathon from 22 to 25 June 2018, in the heart of the European Union in Brussels.

There will be 10 selected teams that will work together with leading institutions, domain experts, industry, government partners and technology companies to co-create relevant prototypes to address the anti-counterfeiting challenge.

Applications to participate are open until April 30, 2018. 

Find out more and enter the Blockathon here

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Tackling counterfeiting and piracy across the EU – the impact of a coordinated approach

Intensive cooperation and coordination between enforcement authorities at EU level has led to the seizure of millions of fake and possibly harmful products and has helped to take down several transnational criminal networks. At the forefront of this cooperation is the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3), set up within the current structure of Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, and co-funded by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) since July 2016.

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The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?

Tempted?

Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

Domain names and cybersquatting

The Internet has created plenty of opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it has revolutionised the dynamics of international commerce and is an excellent means to boost brand visibility.

The Internet acts as a gateway for SMEs, but it is also an ideal platform for infringers to sell counterfeit products and commit fraud. One of the most significant challenges related to Internet fraud is cybersquatting.

This fact sheet aims to present the issue of domain name ownership and registration, and their relationship to trade marks, as well as explaining the issue of cybersquatting and the available dispute resolution mechanisms that may be used by SMEs to protect their businesses online.

 

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Research on Online Business Models Infringing IPRs

On 24 October 2017 the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched a new report regarding intellectual property rights infringement and domain name abuse.

Namely, in a two month period between December 2016 and January 2017, more than 27,000 e-shops in four EU Member States may have marketed products which infringe trade marks. The report shows that of these e-shops, over 21,000 were using domain names that had previously been registered in the name of others.

The four studied Member States were Spain, Sweden, Germany and the UK.

The report is a follow-up on the 2016 EUIPO report on Online Business Models Infringing Intellectual Property Rights, which detailed a business practice in Denmark and showed that this model is also used to market goods to consumers in Sweden, Germany, UK and Spain, and possibly other EU Member States.

Read the full report here.

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INTA study on how companies are using the New gTLD Program

At the beginning of this year INTA commissioned a survey to determine the impact that the New gTLD Program has had on companies' enforcement costs. 

While the goal of the New gTLD Program was to enhance competition and consumer choice, the study showed that most trade mark owners are purchasing new gTLDs to prevent infringement. 

Find out more about INTA's conclusions and its survey report here