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January 22, 2015 News

Infringements of intellectual property rights on the internet – report published


A report on the conference on infringements of intellectual property (IP) rights on the internet has been published...

A report on the conference on infringements of intellectual property (IP) rights on the internet has been published. The conference took place from 5 to 7 November 2014 in Alicante and was co-hosted by OHIM, through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, Europol and Eurojust.

The internet is a factor for economic growth that has emerged as a major communication, creation and distribution channel. However, it has also facilitated illegitimate commerce and allowed the sale of counterfeit goods and the piracy of works on a much wider scale, to the detriment of consumers and legitimate business.

The event was aimed at helping Member States and third countries deal with this phenomenon and to strengthen cooperation between agencies in this field. The conference brought together experienced investigators from customs and police, public prosecutors, private stakeholders - such as brand protection managers from industry -, policy makers and representatives from the judiciary and from Europol, Eurojust and OHIM. They were able to exchange ideas and discuss how IP and the internet can be mutually beneficial to consumers and legitimate business and what models and best practices can be developed to foster this balance and further combat counterfeiting and piracy.

You can find the report on the following page:
https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/web/observatory/knowledge-building