A taste of Vienna in Malta

Starting a business where you can add your personal touch can be a very creative and rewarding experience. However, apart from being creative, one needs to be careful not to infringe others' intellectual property rights when choosing a trade name or a trade mark to identify oneself in the market.

For "A taste of Vienna", a Maltese bakery, obtaining legal advice before selecting its trade mark made its business experience even sweeter. We tell you everything in this new case study. 

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (19)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to industrial designs - industrial design protection, where and how to search registered designs, new design innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020.

Read also our interview with a young Luxembourgish designer and see her vision on Intellectual Property and design protection.  

Trade fairs - our Bulletin features an article giving practical recommendations on how to minimise the risk of infringement when exhibiting new, innovative products and services.

Article of Professor Thomas Gergen explains the advantages and risks in mediation procedures, as possible alternative to solve intellectual property disputes.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new design crossword.

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Tackling counterfeiting and piracy across the EU – the impact of a coordinated approach

Intensive cooperation and coordination between enforcement authorities at EU level has led to the seizure of millions of fake and possibly harmful products and has helped to take down several transnational criminal networks. At the forefront of this cooperation is the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3), set up within the current structure of Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, and co-funded by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) since July 2016.

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Biggest hit against online piracy: over 20,520 Internet domain names seized for selling counterfeits

Joint investigations by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³), the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre and law enforcement authorities from 27 EU Member States and third parties, facilitated by INTERPOL, have seized over 20,520 domain names that were offering counterfeit goods, for example luxury products, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals and online piracy on e-commerce platforms and social networks.

Read more about this hit against online piracy here

The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?


Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

Domain names and cybersquatting

The Internet has created plenty of opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it has revolutionised the dynamics of international commerce and is an excellent means to boost brand visibility.

The Internet acts as a gateway for SMEs, but it is also an ideal platform for infringers to sell counterfeit products and commit fraud. One of the most significant challenges related to Internet fraud is cybersquatting.

This fact sheet aims to present the issue of domain name ownership and registration, and their relationship to trade marks, as well as explaining the issue of cybersquatting and the available dispute resolution mechanisms that may be used by SMEs to protect their businesses online.


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INTA study on how companies are using the New gTLD Program

At the beginning of this year INTA commissioned a survey to determine the impact that the New gTLD Program has had on companies' enforcement costs. 

While the goal of the New gTLD Program was to enhance competition and consumer choice, the study showed that most trade mark owners are purchasing new gTLDs to prevent infringement. 

Find out more about INTA's conclusions and its survey report here

Quality schemes help EU producers break new markets

The promotion of geographical indications (GI) has helped EU products attract new emerging markets which seek quality food. However, Europol warns that fake GI products are on the rise across the EU and policymakers should not disregard the protection of intellectual property rights.

In a very interesting article, which you can access here, Euractiv explains how EU quality schemes support EU producers and reveals the most relevant threats to them in terms of counterfeiting of GI products. 

EU customs seized over 41 million fake goods at EU borders last year

The European Commission has just released new figures showing that customs authorities detained more than 41 million counterfeit goods at the EU's external border in 2016. 

The Commission report reveals that China is the country where most fake goods came from in 2016 (80% of articles), with cigarettes being the top category (24%) for articles detained. 

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