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July 09, 2020 News
Successful IP Enforcement Portal SOC2 certification on data security
The IP Enforcement Portal achieved SOC2 certification on data security. This achievement is the result of successful collaboration between the Digital Transformation Department (DTD) and the European Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights.
The IP Enforcement Portal, the EUIPO’s interactive tool for EU enforcement of intellectual property rights achieved, for another consecutive year, a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 certification for the data security of its Exchange Information module (ex EDB). This internationally recognised certification is based on a rigorous assessment, which includes a rigorous review of its security, availability, processing integrity and confidentiality. This achievement, that started with the first SOC 2 certification in 2014, is the result of a successful collaboration between two departments of the Office, notably the Digital Transformation Department (DTD) and the Observatory.
The IP Enforcement Portal, created under the mandate of Regulation (EU) 386/2012, helps rights holders to protect their products against counterfeiting by allowing them to share information on their products, IP rights and contact data with EU enforcement authorities. This will make it easier for enforcers to recognise originals from fake goods (on the basis of information such as packaging, identifiers, logistics), contact the rights holders if needed and take action. It also allows them to file and extend customs’ Applications for Action (AFA) electronically. This legal document is necessary for any customs administration to take action on their behalf on products infringing their IP rights.
Rights holders can also send alerts to enforcement authorities on potential infringements or trends as well as receive suspicious cases from EU enforcement authorities on detentions of products.
The tool is free of charge and multilingual, permitting all users to enter information through drop-down menus in their own language. The same information can be viewed in any of the 23 languages of the EU.
Due to the sensitive nature of the information contained in the IP Enforcement Portal, the security of data is an absolute priority. The SOC2 certification underlines the EUIPO’s commitment to the highest standards of operational excellence, security levels, and system integrity, and to provide effective and secure tools to support the IP enforcement community in the fight against counterfeiting.
Visit the IP Enforcement Portal here.