Significant focus on tackling online IP Crime in the US and EU

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United States of America

Tackling IP crime and cracking-down on online counterfeiting hopes to intensify in the US after a number of IP enforcement agencies and brand owners got together to exchange intelligence and develop new collaborative strategies.

Held at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), industry representatives and other US government enforcers got together to discover the best practices to make online shopping safer and rid the internet of counterfeit products for US consumers.

Acting IPR Center Director Nick Annan commented, “We are committed to targeting and investigating individuals trafficking counterfeit goods that threaten the health and safety of the American public and support criminal organizations. The creation of collaborative innovative strategies between industry and law enforcement will ensure that counterfeiters have nowhere to hide.”

Find the full press release on the ICE website.

European Union (EU)

The growth in cross-border e-commerce and legal loopholes, due to consumer protection systems differing from one EU country to the next, has called for a revision to the 2004 Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) regulation.

The new rules, which have been approved by MEPs, will give more power to national enforcement authorities to stop online breaches of consumer protection laws. They also aim to improve EU-wide coordination in tackling the problem of cross-border infringements, which includes the online sale of counterfeit or illicit products, online rouge traders and other online scams.

A noteworthy demand from the EU Parliament is to involve consumer organisations more who may be able to flag suspected infringements quicker than the authorities.

The legislative text still needs to be formally adopted by the Council of the EU. The regulation will apply 24 months after the date of its entry into force. Further details can be found on the European Parliament website.