IP Enforcement Efforts in the European Union

Now as the debate on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is gaining momentum, as shows this Google Trends graph, the ksnh::law blog is trying to put a stronger focus on the enforcement efforts within the European Union. We began working on that topic with the following postings during recent weeks and months: OHIM to be transformed into IP enforcemebt agency Chasing the Intermediaries Obsession with IP enforcement Proposal for EU regulation for customs enforcement of IP rights ACTA. (cf. ksnh::law [1], [2], [3]) While ACTA requires in Art. 2 § 1 that
Each Party [i.e. Acta member state] shall give effect to the provisions of this Agreement. A Party may implement in its law more extensive enforcement of intellectual property rights than is required by this Agreement, provided that such enforcement does not contravene the provisions of this Agreement. [...]
it does not come as a surprise that in some of the ACTA member states some (if not many) of the provided provisions are already in force, e.g. by implemented secondary EU law regarding IP enforcement: Council Regulation (EC) No 1383/2003 of 22 July 2003 on customs action against goods suspected of infringing certain IP rights and the measures to be taken against such goods (to be replaced by a new, stricter Regulation soon; see below). Directive 2004/48/EC of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of IP rights (IPRED1). Many of these existing provisions have worked for many years now without causing much trouble, so that the question arises as to what is the desired effect of ACTA ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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