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Rozière, Buda and Le Grip amendments to Pavel Svoboda’s draft report on EU action plan to enforce IP rights

Virginie Rozière

Adequate protection of intellectual property rights is a prerequisite for the development of the digital economy and of the digital single market. Considers that respect for the exercise of intellectual property rights and efforts to combat counterfeiting should be the main objectives of the action plan.

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Research on Online Business Models Infringing Intellectual Property Rights

In 2015, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, commissioned a research study on business models used to infringe intellectual property rights (IPRs). The initiative is envisioned as an independent data-driven study that will assess and analyse specific techniques used to facilitate online IPR infringements on a commercial scale.

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Russian federal intellectual property service (Rospatent) is not so guiltless as believes office of the Attorney-General

The Russian office of attorney-general has inspected activity of Russian Federal intellectual property service (or Russian Federal service for intellectual property) (Rospatent) and the results of this inspection are not so positive – failures “on all levels” have been found.

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Dietmar Köster’s amendments to Pavel Svoboda draft report on EU Action Plan to enforce IP rights

The EU faces a high number of intellectual property rights infringements, and the volume and financial value of these infringements are not insubstantial, as reported by the Commission in its report on the application of the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (COM(2010)0779). IPR infringements have an impact on SMEs and on business-to-business services, and can lead to the loss of markets and bankruptcy.

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Angel Dzhambazki’s amendments to Pavel Svoboda draft report on EU Action Plan to enforce IP rights

Intellectual property rights are one of the driving forces of innovation and creativity and a key contributor to competitiveness and employment; the enforcement of intellectual property rights plays a significant role in ensuring consumers’ health and safety; counterfeiting is generally linked with a black economy and organised crime, through financial contributions.

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Max Andersson’s amendments to Pavel Svoboda draft report on EU Action Plan to enforce IP rights

Intellectual property rights are one of the driving forces of innovation and creativity and a key contributor to competitiveness and employment; product authenticity must not be conflated with product safety and product quality issues, the enforcement of intellectual property rights could also play a role in ensuring consumers’ health and safety; counterfeiting is generally linked with a black economy.

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Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill (“the Bill”) contains provisions to reform the law of unjustified threats as it applies to patents, trade marks and designs. The law in this area provides a remedy for those who are affected by unjustified threats. Under the provisions of the Bill, threats to sue for infringement of a relevant intellectual property right are unjustified where they are made in respect of an invalid right or where there has been no infringement. The Bill seeks to clarify the law in relation to unjustified threats by giving effect to recommendations made by the Law Commission of England and Wales.

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Jean-Marie Cavada’s amendments to Pavel Svoboda’s draft report on EU Action Plan to enforce IP Rights

The EU faces a high number of intellectual property rights infringements, and the volume and financial value of these infringements are alarming, as reported by the Commission in its report on the application of the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (COM(2010)0779); these figures also illustrate the added value which IPR represent for the European economy in global competition. Law enforcement is essential, and whereas Member States must adopt measures to enforce IPR effectively.

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2015 Report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights

The annual publication of the result of customs actions at the EU external borders provides an opportunity to measure the scale of customs actions to enforce IPR. The enforcement of IPR by customs is a priority for the Commission and the Member States. For many years customs administrations in the Union have been known for their high standard of enforcement of IPR. In 2014, customs authorities made over 95.000 detentions, consisting of a total of 35,5 million articles. The domestic retail value of the detained articles represented over 600 million euros.

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