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Cooperation with other partners

International cooperation is an integral part of the core business of the EUIPO and part of its Strategic Plan. We cooperate with the European Commission, EU agencies and international organisations to facilitate and support law enforcement action in the Member States. To help enforcement authorities develop their understanding and to assist them in their investigative work, we also provide IP training, best practice exchange activities, a series of guides and access to key resources.

Intellectual property (IP) crime and counterfeiting of goods and currencies are among the EU Council of Ministers’ main priorities for tackling serious and organised crime in the 2023-2025 period under the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).

Strengthening intelligence, strategic and operational cooperation between national authorities, EU institutions and bodies, and international partners, is one of the main goals of EMPACT. The European Observatory on Infringements on Intellectual Property Rights (the Observatory), together with its stakeholders across the Observatory network, is an active member of the Operational Action Plan for the IP crime priority, contributing alongside our partners to the actions within the EMPACT framework.

The Observatory works together with other EU institutions, EU agencies and international organisations involved in the fight against IP crime. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) is one of the Observatory’s main cooperation partners, through the work of the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3).

The Observatory also collaborates closely with different Directorate-Generals (DGs) of the EU Commission (e.g. the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), the DG for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD), the DG for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) and the DG for Trade (DG TRADE). The indications provided by DG TAXUD can help enforcers in the EU identify fakes and other IPR-infringing goods.

Further cooperation exists with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST) in the context of a newly created prosecutor’s network (EIPPN) and the European Patent Office. Espacenet, the European Patent Office’s database, offers free access to more than 70 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to the present.

The Observatory also provides support to DG TRADE in the preparation and dissemination of the Third Country and the Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List reports.

In addition, the Observatory organises a high-level meeting with representatives from the European Commission’s Directorates-General and the EU agencies to discuss and align strategies in the fight against IP crime, and the Coordination Group on IP Rights meetings (with representatives from the European Commission, EU agencies and international organisations) to coordinate activities, enhance cooperation between stakeholders and adopt a harmonised approach towards IP issues.

At international level, the Observatory contributes to the fight against the international trade of IPR‑infringing goods by providing support in the implementation of EU‑funded programmes. This cooperation takes a variety of forms, for example, assistance with studies, exchanges with market surveillance authorities (MSA) and enforcement authorities, as well as seminars and other knowledge-sharing activities.

Furthermore, the Observatory participates in the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, under whose auspices the joint EUIPO-OECD studies are carried out, to discuss future areas of work, as well as to contribute to the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Clean Free Trade Zones following the adoption of a recommendation by the OECD Council in 2019.

In addition, the Observatory cooperates with the World Intellectual Property Organization notably by participating in the Advisory Committee on Enforcement to promote good practices in enforcement. 

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Sistema Informativi AntiContraffazione

Guardia di Finanza

The Information System Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (SIAC) is a planning co-funded by the European Commission and entrusted by the Ministry of the Interior to the Guardia di Finanza, confirming ...More The Information System Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (SIAC) is a planning co-funded by the European Commission and entrusted by the Ministry of the Interior to the Guardia di Finanza, confirming the central role of the body in the specific operating segment. The initiative has been inspired by the knowledge that experience to deal with a multi-dimensional phenomenon and illicit cross like that of counterfeiting is necessary "system" among all the institutional components and actors involved in the fight to '"counterfeit industry." On this basis, the project was designed as a multifunctional online platform composed of several applications which perform the following functions: • information for consumers; • cooperation between institutional actors and, in particular, between the police forces and between these and the municipal police forces; • collaboration between companies and institutional components. The S.I.A.C. is expressed primarily in a web-site can provide an updated overview about the action taken by the various institutional actors who oversee the "false market", providing users also indications and practical tips to avoid buying fake products or dangerous. The system also allows the owners of the intellectual and industrial property to cooperate actively in the prevention and conflict by sending items of information on their products affected by counterfeiting ducts (images, data sheets, expert, technical advice etc. ) for ready reference to the control bodies operating in the field. It is planned likewise a platform reserved for the Financial Police and other police forces (including municipal police), in which flow will be made on the basis of innovative power mode and structure of the data, all the operative findings collected in the specific sector of the service, in such a way as to ensure a more effective and timely analysis of the information of relevance investigation. It is in progress, finally, a special application that will allow a more targeted law enforcement efforts on the Internet, which is now in effect the new frontier of counterfeiting....Less

Languages: Italian

Tags: consumers - website - public stakeholder - general public

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world customs organisation's cen


WCO's tool named Customs Enforcement Network (CEN) is a global system for gathering data and information for intelligence purposes. (registration required)

Languages: English

Tags: resources - website - enforcers - observatory member - observer

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