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A direct communication channel between rights holders and enforcers to protect your products against counterfeits

Enforcement Database logoThe 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 from 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.

What's new?

AFAs filing and extensions in the EDB

 
 

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

Free, multilingual and secure

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

Why register?

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

Companies (IP right holders)

With the EDB you can:

  • file a customs application for action (AFA) electronically to protect your products,
  • stay informed about suspicious cases detected by enforcement authorities,
  • alert enforcement authorities,
  • ensure that enforcement authorities will be able to search for your products quickly and easily and access your contact details.

 

Enforcement authorities

With the EDB you can:

  • search for rights holders’ products and contact details in just one system,
  • exchange information about suspicious cases,
  • (for customs) receive AFAs translated into your own language, and in a structured manner.

Representatives

With the EDB you can:

  • manage all your EDB clients using 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,
  • be sure that enforcement authorities will be able to search for your products quickly and easily, and access your contact details.
 

How can I register?

To apply for an account with the EDB, you will need a valid registered trade mark or a valid registered design within the European Union.

Request an account 
 

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

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

How can I get access?

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

 

How does it work?

First of all, you need to create 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 file automatically a prefilled Application for Action (AFA) containing all the necessary information. The tool does not replace any of the legal customs procedures but what it does do is create a direct communication channel between rights holders and enforcement authorities.

 

Who can use it?

Customs authorities from the 28 Member States currently use the EDB, as do a number of national police authorities. The database is integrated with the EU law enforcement agency, Europol, and the European anti-fraud office, OLAF.

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

 

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