Smarter and more innovative IP enforcement in the digital era

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The International IP Enforcement Summit, organised by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Commission, takes place in Berlin on 22-23 June.

One out of every three jobs in the EU is supported by industries that make intensive use of intellectual property (IP) rights like trade marks, copyright, designs and patents. These IP rights-intensive industries account for more than 42 % of total economic activity in the EU (approximately EUR 5.7 trillion of the EU’s GDP).

Against this backdrop, the Summit brings German and European policy makers and international experts together to explore how IP can best be enforced in the digital era, including the use of new technologies, new ways of payment for IP-protected goods online and the impact of international cooperation in the fight against IP infringement.

Two major reports will be released at the Summit. The first, by EUIPO and the Organisation for International Cooperation and Development (OECD), maps international trade routes in ten key sectors that make up more than half the total estimated worldwide trade in fake goods. The second report, produced by EUIPO and Europol, the EU’s Agency for law enforcement cooperation, tracks the evolution of counterfeiting and piracy within the EU, both online and offline.

Speakers at the Summit include the State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Gerd Billen, the Deputy Director General of the Chinese Patent Office Zhao Meisheng, as well as MEPs Pavel Svoboda, Julia Reda and French Senator Richard Yung.

The Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, Heiko Maas, said:
"Effective and balanced enforcement of IP rights is essential for knowledge-driven innovation in the common interests of rights holders, consumers and society as a whole. When we talk about intellectual property today, we must address the challenges as well as the potentials of the continuing digitalisation. Without confidence in the security and integrity of the digital world, it will not be possible to tap into the economic and social potentials of digital change. This will require sufficient and adequate efforts in the fight against counterfeiting in online marketplaces".

The European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, said:
"Events such as this Summit show the importance of IP rights for our economies and the negative impact of IP rights infringements on businesses and consumers. We at the Commission are assessing whether the current legal framework for IP enforcement is fit for the digital age. We are also promoting dialogue and agreements with stakeholders, and offer support to platforms on voluntary measures”.

EUIPO Executive Director, António Campinos, said:
“While both physical and digital products are affected by online piracy and counterfeiting, the Internet can also bring us innovative ways to fight IP rights infringements. This Summit brings us here together to discuss new ideas and ways to move forward. It is time for us to look at blockchains or mobile applications for enforcement bodies, to name just a few ideas.” <


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