IP Matters — winter 2014: the European Observatory Enforcement Database

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By Aimee Stevens and Joe Cohen

In April 2009, as part of the European Commission’s Internal Market and Services Directorate General, the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy was set up. The European Observatory is a network of both public and private sector experts, as well as stakeholders, who are ultimately tasked with the promotion of best practice on intellectual property (IP) matters through a range of methods and practices.

On 5 June 2012, the European Observatory was entrusted to OHIM and its name was changed to the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

The European Observatory has now launched its Enforcement Database. The database allows rights holders to upload information in relation to their trademarks, which is then stored on the database and can be accessed by rights holders. Customs officers, as well as the police, will then have direct access to the database through their existing systems. The aim is that the parties involved will be able to exchange and share information and communicate more easily through the database…

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