WIPO IP Enforcement News: March 2003
Spain: Annual Report of the Interministerial Commission to Counteract Activities Suspected of Infringing Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights
The Interministerial Commission to Counteract Activities Suspected of Infringing Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights (CAPI, acronym in Spanish) publishes an annual report on the activities of its two working groups: one on copyright and related rights and the other on industrial property. The task of this Commission is to undertake all those activities considered to be necessary or adequate to better protect intellectual property in Spain.
The reports of the Interministerial Commission (only in Spanish) as well as a section called Usurpación de derechos de Propiedad Industrial (piratería), containing relevant information on the subject, can be found on the web site of the Spanish Office for Patents and Marks at http://www.oepm.es/internet/infgral/primera.htm
European Commission: Proposal for a Regulation to strengthen customs action in the enforcement of intellectual property rights
On January 20, 2003, the European Commission submitted to the Council a proposal for a Council Regulation concerning customs action against goods suspected of infringing certain intellectual property rights and the measures to be taken by the competent authorities against goods found to have infringed such rights. The proposal is intended to replace an existing Regulation (3295/94 EC) in order to make the law clearer, extend its scope to new intellectual property rights, make the rules more accessible for right holders and provide a more effective legal instrument.
For further information, see the European Commission's full press release at: http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/75|0|RAPID&lg=EN
The full text of the European Commission's proposal can be found at: http://europa.eu.int/prelex/detail_dossier_real.cfm?CL=en&DosId=179931
European Commission: proposal for a Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights
On 30th January 2003, the European Commission presented a proposal for a "Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on measures and procedures to ensure the enforcement of intellectual property rights". The proposal is intended to harmonise national laws on the means of enforcing intellectual property rights and to establish a general framework for the exchange of information between the responsible national authorities. It would ensure a level playing field for right holders in the EU, reinforce measures against offenders and thus act as a deterrent to those engaged in counterfeiting and piracy. This proposal complements the recent proposal by the Commission for a Regulation to facilitate seizures by customs of goods suspected of infringing certain intellectual property rights and the measures to be taken against goods found to have infringed such rights.
For further information on the proposed Directive, see the European Commission's press release at: http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/144|0|RAPID&lg=EN&display=
A set of questions and answers released by the European Commission on the proposed Directive can be found at: http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=MEMO/03/20|0|RAPID&lg=EN&display=
The provisional text of the European Commission's proposal can be found at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/en/intprop/docs/index.htm#proposals
United States of America: Annual Report of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council
In the United States of America, the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council reports annually on its coordination activities to the President, and to the Committees on Appropriations and on the Judiciary of the Senate and House of Representatives. This report, submitted in October 2002, is the second annual report issued by the Council on its coordinating activities. It includes a compendium of agency activities relating to domestic and international intellectual property rights enforcement efforts and the mission of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council.
The full Report can be found at: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/niplecc2002/niplecc2002.pdf