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  • 29 November 2013

New enforcement database to help companies with IP rights

A new enforcement database is to help the authorities enforce intellectual property rights within the EU, facilitating exchange of information between businesses and authorities.

Every day, the police and customs authorities in the EU detain goods which are under suspicion of infringing intellectual property rights. The problem is that the authorities often lack sufficient information to recognise counterfeit goods.

The Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) has now launched an enforcement database, which is to assist the national authorities in recognising counterfeit goods.

Access to information is the essence of the new database. It provides a tool for the exchange of information between businesses and authorities within the EU as well as information on registered IP rights, owner contact information, additional product information and logistics information.

How does it work?
Businesses may upload information to the database, such as photos, company contact information, information on previous infringement cases and special product information, which may help the authorities track and identify counterfeit goods.  

Businesses choose the information they wish to upload and to whom the information should be available. When the information is uploaded, it will automatically be translated into all of the European Union’s official languages in order to avoid language barrier difficulties.

To strengthen the cooperation between businesses and authorities, the authorities may upload photos of or information on products which they suspect of infringing intellectual property rights. This way, businesses may learn about infringements of their products.

In addition to the uploaded information, businesses and authorities will also have access to information from other IPR databases, such as TMView and DesignView. The enforcement database also includes a list of the enforcement authorities to which users of the database may turn.

The authorities may only take action, for example by seizing goods, if the owner of the infringed goods in question files an official response request. A detailed filing manual has made the filing process easier for businesses registered in the database.

How to register?
There are no charges involved when using the enforcement database. The only user prerequisite is a valid, registered Community trademark.   

Businesses using and uploading information to the enforcement database will automatically help combat the counterfeiting of goods – and the more users, the more effective the enforcement database.

For more information:
oami.europa.eu

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