Last week the European commission launched a public consultation in order to help evaluate the overall functioning of the civil enforcement system for IPR across the European Union. This survey will look to help with improving IPR enforcement across europe.
The consultation period itself, having begun on 30th November 2012 will run until 30th March 2013.
Upon its launch the EC stated that, “This technical survey aims at gathering specific information on the efficiency of proceedings and accessibility of measures used in the context of civil enforcement of intellectual property rights. These data will enable Commission to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the functionality of civil enforcement systems put in place in the Member States in order to improve the situation of all the actors active in the innovative sectors of European economy”.
The European Commission’s consultation document explains that, “In particular, this survey is seeking information from stakeholders that participated in civil proceedings concerning infringements of intellectual property rights, namely plaintiffs and defendants, as well as from other parties involved in such proceedings.”
ICOMP welcomes the Commission’s recognition of the need for improved IPR enforcement to help protect content creators and owners across Europe. In the internet space, it is particularly difficult for content owners to enforce their rights at the moment. These difficulties have been recognized by Commissioner Almunia’s ongoing investigation into Google which refers one of four areas of concern being, “the way Google copies content from competing vertical search services and uses it in its own offerings”.
The ICOMP Secretariat