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01 June 2010

Consultation paper on EU Customs Regulation published

Following its review of the EU Customs Regulation, the European Commission has published a consultation paper entitled "Review of EU legislation on customs enforcement of intellectual property rights". If, following the public consultation procedure, it is considered appropriate, the commission will prepare a proposal to replace the regulation.

28 May 2010

Poland makes submission to ECJ in Nokia Case

Poland's submission in Nokia Corporation v Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Revenue & Customs - the controversial reference to the ECJ on whether it is lawful to detain counterfeit goods in transit through the European Union - has now been filed. The Polish submission emphasizes that the purpose of the regulation is the protection of IP rights and the implementation of such protection by the customs authorities.

14 May 2010

Europe's anti-counterfeiting team between a rock and a hard place

The European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy is to hold its first events at the European Parliament from June 21 - 25. The week will include exhibitions, information sessions, short films and ceremonies to raise the profile of the observatory and awareness of the issues surrounding counterfeiting and piracy. These are commendable activities, so why does a question mark hang over the location of the observatory?

22 April 2010

EU study grinds to a halt, stranding CTM users

The latest victim of Eyjafjallajoekull is the study into the EU trademark system. Today was supposed to be CTM owners' chance to participate in the ongoing study into the EU trademark system, with no fewer than 15 user associations invited to Munich to meet the researchers from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) and provide further input. But now the meeting has been cancelled, users are concerned that their voices may not be heard.

15 September 2009

EU calls for mark holder collaboration to fight IP crime

The European Commission has called for coalitions between stakeholders across EU member states in the fight against IP rights infringement.

14 September 2009

European Commission warned not to "rush" update to counterfeit drugs directive

The amendments to the EU directive covering counterfeit medicines must not be rushed through, the former member of the European Parliament who made the proposals has told WTR.

09 July 2009

Brand owners enraged by eBay's controversial campaign to amend EU law

Brand owners have today come out in force to protest against an action that they say is a deliberate attempt by eBay to confuse consumers and EU policymakers.

23 June 2009

Quick off the MARQUES: new chair sets out his agenda

It is a challenging time for trademarks: a financial crisis is cutting into IP teams' budgets, legislative harmonization is increasingly strained and the expansion of the domain name system could expose trademark owners to countless infringements. WTR caught up with Guido Baumgartner, chair of MARQUES, to hear what the organization is doing on behalf of trademark owners.

12 June 2009

Opposing sides claim "success" in ECJ's eagerly awaited Lindt bunny ruling

Lawyers from both sides have stated that the European Court of Justice has ruled in their favour in its eagerly awaited judgment in the Lindt chocolate bunny 'bad faith' case.

03 April 2009

ECJ rules on imposition of penalties within simplified customs procedure

In Schenker SIA v Valsts ienemumu dienests, the ECJ has held that the initiation, with the agreement of the IP rights owner and the importer, of the simplified procedure under Article 11 of the EU Customs Regulation does not deprive the national authorities of the power to impose a ‘penalty’, within the meaning of Article 18 of the regulation, on the parties responsible for importing the goods.

02 April 2009

High-level EU anti-counterfeiting group launched today

The European Union today launches its ambitious European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy. The new initiative will provide a forum for enforcement agencies, public administrators and industry.

22 February 2009

European Union

The selection of a pharmaceutical trademark is increasingly complex given the size of the pharmaceutical market, the burgeoning number of pharmaceutical trademarks and the increasing number of languages in which those trademarks are registered.

13 January 2009

EU IP Enforcement Directive under the microscope

The EU IP Enforcement Directive could finally be implemented across the European Union in 2009, three years after the original deadline. While practitioners have been assessing the new regime, research by WTR has uncovered why jurisdictions from Luxembourg to Greece have had trouble making the necessary changes to domestic legislation.

05 December 2008

Judge us on our anti-counterfeiting actions, says top EU official

The European Union has not done enough to counter the threat of counterfeiting, a senior official from the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General has admitted.

24 July 2008

Report on EU customs activities in 2007 issued

The European Commission has published a Report on Community Customs Activities on Counterfeit and Piracy in 2007. Among other things, the report shows that the number of seizures of counterfeit goods significantly increased in 2007 compared to the previous year, which is partly due to the rise in the number of customs applications filed by IP rights owners.