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Enforcement Database

A new way to protect your products against counterfeits

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The Enforcement Database (EDB) contains information on products that have been granted an intellectual property right, like a registered trade mark or design. Police and customs officials of the 28 Member States can access this tool to view information and product details, making it easier for them to identify counterfeits and take action.

 

The EDB helps protect authentic products against counterfeiting by making a register of products available to enforcement authorities in their own language. Any IP right owner can be part of it; you just need to enter information about your products into the database and connect it to your IP rights.

Free, multilingual, secure.

The EDB is built on existing EUIPO registers such as TMview for trade mark information and Designview for registered designs. It is endorsed by the European Commission that has agreed to connect it to their EU customs' secure network. The database has been built following the security standards of the most commonly used banks and is SOC 2 security certified.

 

Why register?

The EDB is free of charge and is available in 23 EU languages.

Companies (IP right holders)

With the EDB you can:

  • generate automatically a customs application for action (AFA) to protect your products,
  • stay informed about suspicious cases detected by enforcement authorities,
  • alert enforcement authorities,
  • enforcement authorities will be able to quickly and easily search your product and get your contact information.

Representatives

With the EDB you can:

  • manage all your EDB clients with a single password,
  • send a customs application for action (AFA) to protect your clients' products,
  • stay informed about suspicious cases detected by enforcement authorities,
  • alert enforcement authorities on behalf of your clients,
  • enforcement authorities will be able to quickly and easily search your product and get your contact information.
 

How does it work?

First of all, you need an account. Then, once you have uploaded your company and product information, and linked your IPRs, you can decide to share it with all or some of the registered enforcement authorities, who will be able to search for this information.

If you want the customs authorities to take any action at the border on your behalf, you can use the EDB at any time to automatically generate a prefilled Application for Action (AFA) containing all the necessary information. The tool doesn't replace any of the legal customs procedures but what it does do is create a direct communication channel between right holders and enforcement authorities.

 

Who can use it?

Customs authorities of the 28 Member States currently use the EDB, as do a number of national police authorities. Integration with the EU law enforcement agency, Europol, and the World Customs Organization's anti-counterfeiting tool, IPM, is ongoing.

Companies from all the different sectors of the industry doing business in the European Union are already using the database — from small businesses to multinational corporations.

 

How can I register?

To apply for an account in the Enforcement Database (EDB), you will need a valid registered trade mark or a valid registered design within the European Union (EU).

Request an account 
 

For security reasons, the IPR owner will receive a physical letter at the address indicated in the register (a reference can be indicated). This letter will contain a code that needs to be sent back to us via email. We will then send you a link to a user account where the IPR owner can set up a password. A second letter will follow with the pin code for secure authentication.

Legal representatives can request an account for their clients, indicating a trade mark or design (European or national). This can be done either by email, or by following the steps specified in the sign up procedure.

A ‘representative account' is able to grant access to the accounts of several clients with a single password.

Request an account 
 

For security reasons, it is the IPR owner who receives a physical letter at the address indicated in the register (a reference can be indicated). This letter will contain a code that needs to be sent back to us via email. We will then send you a link to a user account where the IPR owner can set up a password. A second letter will follow with the pin code for secure authentication.

The IPR owner´s physical address is the first point of contact for EDB membership. It is then up to the IPR owner to decide who will administer the user account and login credentials.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us at observatory.edb@euipo.europa.eu.

 

More information

Resources
Brochure
Presentation
Step-by-step user guide for right holders
EDB AFA User Guide
EDB Questions & Answers
EDB 10 Key Considerations when filing AFAs
EDB Enforcers user guide
EDB for enforcers: presentation