Geoblocking Regulation: Open Call for Proposal

The Geoblocking Regulation (EU 2018/302), adopted in February 2018, addresses unjustified geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market. 

As part of its obligations under the Regulation, the European Commission has recently launched a call for proposals to contribute to its assessment as to whether the scope of the Geoblocking Regulation needs to be extended to audiovisual and non-audiovisual services giving access to copyright-protected content. 

Check out the conditions to participate here

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IP and BREXIT: The facts

The UK government has given further reassurances to business that EU intellectual property rights will continue to be protected in the UK after Brexit.

On 12 July 2018 the UK government published a White Paper on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, setting out an important vision for elements of the future relationship between the UK and EU on IP.

Find all the information and updates on Brexit and IP on the UK IP Office's website here and share with them your views on the topic.

CEIPI-ICTSD: IP and digital trade in the age of AI and big data

The Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) has published the fifth issue of the CEIPI-ICTSD publications series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the IP System.

This publication series provides high-quality academic and policy-oriented papers dealing with topics that are of global relevance due to their normative pre-eminence, economic relevance and socio-economic impact.

This fifth issue is dedicated to intellectual property and digital trade in the age of artificial intelligence and big data, and is divided into:

  • From digital trade to commercialisation and management of IP.
  • Regulating and using big data in the digital world.

Find further information and download the publication on CEIPI's website here.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (30)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP infringement and enforcement focusing on common IP infringements and the enforcement actions that are available to stop them.

WIPO introduces the topic of IP enforcement in the international context by building respect for IP. EUIPO speaks about the third edition of the Enforcement Database Forum and the upcoming IP Enforcement Portal, while Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General at EEIA and EMECA, develops the topic of IP protection at trade fairs and exhibitions through an infringement case which occurred at a German international exhibition.

In this issue we have interviewed a financial news website that explains to us how it was accused of filing its EUTM in bad faith. EPO tells us about the future of patent litigation in Europe with an article on the Unified Patent Court, and 4iP Council describes how to protect your IP rights from wilful infringement.

In addition, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. provides us with an interview on counterfeiting practices and its Plagiarius Prizes.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service, as well as a brand-new IP infringement and enforcement quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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Industry statement on the European Parliament’s report on “Copyright in the Digital Single Market”

DIGITALEUROPE and its national trade associations are of the opinion that the report disregards the realities and impact of digital platforms for businesses across Europe, and that this Directive will damage consumer trust by exacerbating divergent regulation among Member States and introducing more barriers – for SMEs in particular.

Read the full statement on  DIGITALEUROPE's website, here.

Further information on the European Parliament's website, here.

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Winners of first EU Blockathon announced

The winners of EU Blockathon 2018, which took place from 22-25 June in Brussels, have been announced. The event was the first hackathon dedicated to developing blockchain-based solutions to fight against counterfeiting. 

The Blockathon aimed to explore the potential of blockchain technology to better protect supply chains from infiltration by counterfeit goods.

Find out more about the innovative technologies developed by the finalists and winners here

Memorandum of Understanding on online advertising and IPR

The European Commission has recently published a Memorandum of Understanding on online advertising and IPR, which is a voluntary agreement facilitated by the European Commission to limit advertising on websites and mobile applications that infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods.

To find out more, click here

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Frequently Asked Questions on Copyright Reform

The European Commission has recently published an update on frequently asked questions regarding the new copyright reform. The proposed Directive updates the existing set of rules on copyright to make them suitable for a well-functioning Digital Single Market.

Click here and have a look at the frequently asked questions to learn more about the Copyright Reform. 

 

 

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IP enforcement: asserting your rights

Intellectual property (IP) can be protected by, among others, IP rights or titles, such as trade marks or patents. Such titles are usually thought to confer negative rights, which means the right to exclude others from using or commercialising, for example, an invention protected under a patent.

This process of not allowing others to use or commercialise protected IP is known as enforcement of rights, which can be done through civil, administrative and penal measures aimed at preventing the unauthorised use of intellectual property, sanctioning such use and providing remedies to right holders for the damage caused by such unauthorised use.

This Fact Sheet illustrates the importance of IP enforcement for businesses and research organisations while providing an overview of the main enforcement actions, together with the latest developments and initiatives of the European Commission in the field.

EC factsheet: Modern EU Copyright rules for European culture to flourish and circulate

The European Commission has recently published a factsheet summarising different aspects of the EU's current situation regarding copyright rules.

A variety of interesting facts are explained in this comprehensive document, including the need to reform EU copyright legislation and the evolution of the legislative process up to today. 

To find out more, click here

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