I. Selected WIPO Activities
Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE)
The Ninth Session of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement held a three-day meeting on March 3-5, 2014, with rich and engaging discussions on experiences in the field of building respect for intellectual property (IP). The Committee heard 22 expert presentations relating to the ACE work program: (1) “Practices and operation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems in IP areas”; and (2) “Preventive actions, measures or successful experiences to complement ongoing enforcement measures with a view to reducing the size of the market for pirated or counterfeited goods”. For the first time, with the aim of enhancing ACE discussions, an “Exhibition on Preventive Actions or Successful Experiences to Complement Ongoing Enforcement Measures” was organized.
WIPO International Filing Growth in Record-Setting Year
On March 13, 2014, WIPO released statistics on international patent, trademark and industrial design filing activities. In 2013, the number of annual international patent applications surpassed the 200,000 mark for the first time. International trademark and industrial design filings also achieved new record-breaking levels.
World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2014
This year, WIPO celebrates Movies: A Global Passion, looking behind the scenes to find out how IP rights shape the filmmaker’s journey from script to screen, how film producers attract investors, how screenwriters and actors earn a living, and how innovation is pushing the frontiers of creativity in the industry. Find out more about it on the WIPO Facebook page and hashtag #worldipday.
WIPO Activities in the Field of IP Enforcement
In response to requests from Member States and partner organizations, WIPO continued over the past months to organize, and/or participate in a series of national and regional workshops, training courses, conferences and consultations in the area of building respect for IP. Those events included the following:
- Manila, Philippines: Advisory Mission to Develop a Master Plan/Strategy on IP Promotion and Awareness Campaigns, January 22-24, 2014.
- Accra, Ghana:
- WIPO Workshop on Building Respect for IP for Law Enforcement Agencies, March 26, 2014.
- WIPO Colloquium on Building Respect for IP for the Judiciary, March 27-28, 2014.
- Uganda, Africa:
- National Workshop on Building Respect for IP for Law Enforcement Agencies, April 9, 2014.
- WIPO Colloquium on Building Respect for IP for the Judiciary, April 10-11, 2014.
A regular update on WIPO’s training and awareness-raising activities is available on the WIPO Building Respect for IP website.
In the framework of WIPO’s support to member states, the WIPO Awards Program bestowed 38 medals, 47 certificates and 19 trophies to inventors and creators in various member states between January and April 2014.
II. Cooperation with Intergovernmental and Non–Governmental Organizations
- Brussels, Belgium: EU Observatory Coordination Group on Infringements of IP Rights, January 29, 2014.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: Visit to REACT Facilities for Disposal for IP Infringing Goods, March 10, 2014.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: IPR Business Partnership Meeting and REACT General Assembly, March 27, 2014.
- Alicante, Spain: EUROPOL-EU Observatory Knowledge and Awareness Building Conference on Intellectual Property Crimes in Sports, March 26–28, 2014.
- Athens, Greece: EU Observatory Public Sector Representatives Meeting, April 2-3, 2014.
- Lyon, France: Meeting of the Steering Group of the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, April 7-8, 2014.
- Brussels, Belgium: 10th WCO Counterfeiting and Piracy Group meeting, April 28-29, 2014.
UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO launched anti-trafficking campaign
On March 5, 2014, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) joined forces to promote a global campaign (“Your Actions Count – Be a Responsible Traveller”) urging travelers to support the fight against a number of forms of trafficking including illicit drugs and counterfeit goods.
INTERPOL launched a casebook outlining the links between illicit trade, counterfeiting and organized crime
To illustrate the impact of illicit trade and counterfeiting, INTERPOL made a compilation of cases from law enforcement worldwide involved in this fight. The casebook entitled “Against Organized Crime: INTERPOL Trafficking and Counterfeiting Casebook 2014” is available on INTERPOL’s website.
INTERPOL-EUROPOL Operation Opson III led to the seizure of counterfeit and unregulated food and drink
More than 1200 tonnes of fake or substandard food and nearly 430,000 liters of counterfeit drinks have been seized in an Interpol-Europol coordinated operation across 33 countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Comparative study on damages allocated within the framework of legal actions on counterfeiting in France, Germany and the United Kingdom
A recent study (in French only) focusing on the practices of allocating damages in three countries - France, Germany and the United Kingdom - after the adoption of the Directive 2004/48/EC and its transposition into national legislations, as well as the analysis of public policies in the fight against counterfeiting has been published.
EU: New EU Customs Enforcement Regulation On IPRs Takes Effect
A new Regulation No. 608/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning of 12 June 2013 “concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights and repealing Council Regulation” took effect in the European Union on January 1, 2014, strengthening enforcement and extending the range of rights protected. Special attention needs also to be given to the Commission Implementing Regulation No. 1352/2013 of 4 December 2013 establishing the forms provided for in Regulation No. 608/2013.
Italy: The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) issued its Regulation on Online Copyright Enforcement
The Regulation, drafted and negotiated by AGCOM, grants AGCOM administrative copyright enforcement powers and introduces into the Italian system a brand-new notice and takedown procedure (NTD), which is operated by AGCOM and entered into force on March 31, 2014. A first administrative blocking injunction against a foreign website has already been issued by AGCOM claiming copyright infringement in eleven movies unlawfully hosted.
Qatar: supported operation in Qatar leads to major seizure of illicit goods
Thousands of counterfeit products were seized across Qatar during the first INTERPOL-coordinated operation to combat trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting held in the Middle East.
China: New Revised Trademark Law
Following the recent amendments, punitive damages of up to three times the normal compensation may be imposed in cases where serious infringements have been committed in bad faith. The Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China (as amended up to Decision of August 30, 2013, of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress on Amendments to the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China) will come into effect on May 1, 2014.
Singapore: Public Consultation on the Proposed Amendments to the Copyright Act
From April 7, 2014 to April 21, 2014 Singapore Ministry of Law launched a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Copyright Act. The proposed amendments include recommendations made by the Media Convergence Review Panel in 2012, and aim to enable content rights holders to protect their rights more effectively against pirate websites through judicial measures.