In 2015, the EUIPO, through the Observatory, commissioned a research study on online business models used to infringe intellectual property rights. It was envisaged that the study would be divided into two phases: The Phase 1 report was published in July 2016 and is available on the EUIPO website. The Phase 2 highlights the abuse of the domain names system by those who infringe intellectual property rights and stresses the need to involve as wide a range of authorities as possible to cooperate in the fight against those abuses. The four studied Member States are Spain, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The report is based on in-depth research of the country code top level domains (ccTLD) of the four chosen Member States to detect how often e-shops suspected of marketing trade mark infringing products are utilizing previously-used domain names.
“An EU-wide study carried out by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, is one of the first studies focusing on usage of the pre-existing creative content for new derivative projects. The objective of the research is to document the way previous creative content, both still under the copyright protection and already in the public domain, is being used by film producers for new creative projects in this sector.”
The event is aimed at professionals in the field of trade mark and design law. The event will focus on a variety of select, essential and relevant legal topics such as non-traditional trade marks, functional trade marks and designs, national law rights in the context of Article 8(4) EUTMR and challenges involving disclosure of designs.
The summary of the Observatory public sector representatives’ meeting which took place between 28 February and 1 March in Malta is now available.
“A court order granted in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales requires ISPs to block subscriber access to specific copyright infringing websites at the times when live Premier League footage is being broadcast.”
On 28-29 March 2017 the Observatory is participating in the fifth meeting of the Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, which will take place in the Paris headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) as part of OECD Integrity Week.
“How do EU citizens perceive intellectual property? To what degree do they respect intellectual property rights? How does their perception change based on how old they are or where they live? Through a series of in-depth studies, EUIPO has carried out the first EU-wide assessment of citizen perception of IP, and the relevant drivers of consumer behaviours.”