The summit addressed the growing impact of intellectual property rights infringement in our society and the challenges facing enforcement authorities.

© Cafe Moskau GmbH

Berlin, 22 and 23 June 2017

Following the first International IP Enforcement Summit held in London in 2014, the second edition of this international gathering brought together key European and international decision makers, enforcement agencies, multinational companies, consumer representatives and businesses.

This edition looked in particular at new trends and technologies, and explored alternative enforcement techniques relevant to the online environment. The summit took place at Cafe Moskau in central Berlin.


Report of the IP Enforcement Summit


The programme:

The 2017 programme was organised into three main panel discussions:

Panel I. Current online trends and challenges
TThis panel looked at the evolution of the approach to IP enforcement: from targeting individual consumers to the so-called ‘follow the money approach’ (which aims to reach large-scale ommercial organisations) or to learning from consumer trends. The panel hold three sessions, each dealing with a different approach to enforcement: awareness and education, tools and strategies, and the impact of technology in business models.

Panel II. Looking ahead
The second panel presented new ways to reconcile the interests of consumers with those of IP rights holders. In this panel, enforcers shared their experiences of dealing with organised crime. Other topics of discussion  included new technologies, to ensure the legitimate dissemination of content and distribution of goods, new ways of payment and remuneration methods for online transactions of IP-protected goods.

Panel III. International cooperation
The summit closed with interventions by high-level representatives from ministries and international organisations, who shared  their experiences of international IPR enforcement from an institutional point of view. The speakers addressed the need for better international cooperation and the sharing of operational best practices, both in policy making and enforcement.


Summit Hosts & Keynote Speakers:

Heiko Maas
Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection is responsible for legislation in the area of intellectual property protection, which includes patent law, utility model law, design law, trade mark law, copyright and the law against unfair competition. It is equally concerned with matters of IP enforcement and supports the coordination and cooperation across the IP community to tackle counterfeiting and product piracy.


Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

The European Commission has responsibility for ensuring that appropriate mechanisms of protection and enforcement of IP rights are in place in the EU. It also works to improve their protection and enforcement in third countries.


António Campinos
Executive Director

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is the EU agency responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design. In 2012, the Office was given the responsibility for the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights which works to support the protection and enforcement of IP rights.


Other Key Speakers

by order of appearance in programme

Gerd Billen
State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Klaus Müller
Executive Director, Federation of German Consumer Organisations, vzbv
Volker Bartels
Chairman, German Anti-Counterfeiting Association, APM
Pavel Svoboda
Chair JURI Committee, European Parliament
Paul Maier
Director of the EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, EUIPO
Antti Peltomäki
Deputy Director General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Henrik Rasmusson
National Prosecution Department, International Prosecution Office in Stockholm, Sweden
Meena Sayal
Director, Global Brand Protection, Unilever
Jaymeen Patel
Head of Brussels Office, Corporate Affairs LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
Jari Liukku
Head of the European Organised Crime Centre, Europol Operations Department, Europol
Christoph Ernst
Deputy Director General at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Andreas Beckmann
Deputy Secretary-General, European Schools
Richard Yung
President of the French anti-counterfeiting committee
Charlina Vitcheva
Deputy-Director General, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
Irini Stamatoudi
Director of the Hellenic Copyright Organization
Eirini Zafeiratou
EU Public Policy Director, Amazon
Bram Smits
Public Policy Officer, Materialise NV
Brian H. Monks
Global Head of Global Security & Brand Protection, UL
Adam Kinsley
Director of Policy, Sky
Simon Morrison
Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google
Emilie Passemard
Director of Rights Protection, Hadopi
Matthew Cope
Deputy-Director of IP Enforcement Copyright & IP Enforcement Directorate, UKIPO
Peter Szyszko
Founder whiteBULLET
Margus Viher
General Director of Estonian Patent Office
Zhao Meisheng
Deputy Director-General, Patent Affairs Administration Department (SIPO)
Joe McNamee
Executive Director of European Digital Rights
Rolf Alter
Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD
Gert Würtenberger
President of the German Association for the Protection of IP, GRUR
Siegmar Reiss
Head of Sector, Counterfeit Goods, European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF
Agustín Reyna
Senior Legal Officer and Digital Team Leader, BEUC
Julia Reda
Member of European Parliament
Matthew J. Bassiur
Vice-President, Head of Global IP Enforcement, Alibaba Group
Leif Villadsen
Senior Programme Officer, UNICRI
Zeeger Vink
Secretary, International Trademark Association, INTA
Nathan Wajsman
Chief Economist, European Observatory on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights, EUIPO
Joseph Chetcuti
CDirector General of Maltese Customs
Catherine Boudot
Director of Trademarks Department, EFPIA
Chris Vansteenkiste
Cluster Manager Counterfeiting, Europol
Dietmar Möllmann
Head of the Prohibitions and Restrictions Unit, German Customs Investigation Service
Jacques Schramm
President of the new National Commission for the Management of Responsible Collaborative Relations, AFNOR
Piotr Stryszowski
Senior Economist at the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Marc Kaufman
Co-Chair of the Blockchain Intellectual Property Council & Partner at Rimon, Law Firm Evolved
Shira Perlmutter
Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, US Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO
María Martín-Prat
Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
Roraima Andriani
Director for Organised and Emerging Crime, Interpol
Leigh Winchell
Deputy Director, Enforcement Sub-Directorate. World Customs Organization (WCO)
Eun Joo Min
Senior Legal Counsellor. Building Respect for IP Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Patricia García-Escudero Márquez
Director General of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, OEPM
Andrea Di Carlo
Deputy Director, European Observatory on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights, EUIPO

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