Friday, 3 April 2009

European Counterfeiting and Piracy Observatory launched

The European Counterfeiting and Piracy Observatory was duly launched 2 April 2009. The Commission has now published some additional information on the aims and organisation of the Observatory (Frequently Asked Questions; MEMO/ 09/146).



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Council’s anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan

The Observatory is part of the European Union’s actions, put into context by the 25 September 2008 Resolution of the Competitiveness Council on a comprehensive European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan.



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EU Customs Action Plan to Combat IPR Infringements 2009-2012

A short while ago we noted another part of the European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan, Council Resolution 2009/C 71/01 of 16 March 2009 on the EU Customs Action Plan to combat IPR infringements for the years 2009 to 2012, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 25.3.2009 C 71/1.



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Industrial property rights

The Council Resolution, in turn, was based on the Commission’s Communication An Industrial Property Rights Strategy for Europe (Brussels 16.7.2008; COM(2008) 465 final), dealing with patents and trademarks.



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Community Trade Mark Regulation

Readers may have noticed the recast Community Trade Mark Regulation, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 24.3.2009 L 78/1. Officially, this text with EEA relevance is called:

Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade mark (codified version).


Ralf Grahn