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  1. Enforcement : Summary of the "IPR Enforcement Report 2009"
    • Abstract: The results of the survey constitute a valuable tool for businesses, by making them aware of risks they might face regarding the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights outside the EU. This assessment is also a key element for the EU to define countries/regions on which to focus its activities and resources, namely by establishing an updated list of "priority countries" for strengthening cooperation on IP.
    • 23 October 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 25Kb
  2. Intellectual property : IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: As foreseen in the European Union’s Strategy for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Third Countries1, the Directorate-General for External Trade of the European Commission conducted in 2008 a new survey about the situation of IPR enforcement outside the EU, following a similar survey in 20062. The results of the survey constitute a valuable tool for businesses, in particular to small and medium sized enterprises, by making them aware of risks they might face regarding the protection and enforcement of IP rights when dealing with certain third countries. In addition, this assessment is a key element for the Commission to define countries/regions on which to focus its activities and resources, namely by establishing an updated list of "priority countries" for strengthening cooperation on IP.
    • 9 October 2009
    • Type: Official document
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 76Kb
  3. Intellectual property : MEXICO: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: Despite some efforts and commitments of Mexican authorities (IMPI in particular), most respondents consider that the local enforcement situation continues to be highly problematic, or has even deteriorated. Globally, it appears that the authorities' commitment is average, but that their speed of reaction is low and their measures are little effective. At a local level, in particular, only 4 of the 32 State governments appear to be interested in combating illegal trade and piracy. Criminal procedures are broadly considered to be ineffective; reported causes include the lack of specialised courts and the low level of sanctions.
    • 17 August 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 58Kb
  4. Intellectual property : ARGENTINA: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The results of the survey show that IPR situation in Argentina has slightly improved. Relationship with the Argentinean authorities on this issue has also improved. However, Argentina still needs to pursue its efforts in the area of IPR legislation and of IPR enforcement, in the spirit of its WTO commitments.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 80Kb
  5. Intellectual property : BRAZIL: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: According to the majority of the replies to this Survey, the overall situation of the local IPR enforcement has improved since the last assessment. Others consider that it remained unchanged.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 75Kb
  6. Intellectual property : CHILE: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The results of the survey show signs of a positive development with regard of the IPR situation in Chile. Relationship with the Chilean government on this issue has also improved. According to the respondents to the survey, the creation of INAPI and of BRIDEPI (a specific IPR police division), have been positively acknowledged. However, respondents indicate that they consider it important that Chile pursues its positive efforts in order to fulfil its WTO commitments in the area of IPR legislation and in terms of IPR enforcement.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 65Kb
  7. Intellectual property : CHINA: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The Chinese legal system appears to be reasonably adequate, and some improvement is noted in its implementation (more civil, administrative and criminal actions; more political willingness; higher effectiveness of administrative agencies). However, a large number of serious problems remain to be urgently addressed, given the considerable amplitude of IP infringements and of the associated economic impact
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 97Kb
  8. Intellectual property : EGYPT: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The results of the survey show that IPR situation in Egypt has not improved. Respondents believe that, despite important legislative efforts in the area of IPR, Egypt needs to pursue its efforts in order to fulfil its WTO commitments in particular in terms of IPR enforcement.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 66Kb
  9. Intellectual property : INDIA: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The IPR situation in India is progressively improving. The Indian IPR legislation has been amended positively in recent years through various legislative improvements. Cooperation between the enforcement departments has also considerably improved, resulting in more enforcement actions, and greater IP awareness amongst officials has been reported. However, further progress remains necessary, including through a better commitment of relevant authorities.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 56Kb
  10. Intellectual property : INDONESIA: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The respondents of this Survey reported a general improvement of IPR enforcement situation in Indonesia, particularly an increase in political will to protect IPRs and implement IP regulations as well as an increase in public awareness of IPRs. However, a number of problems remain to be addressed: - Almost all procedures (administrative, judicial, customs, etc.) were identified as deficient or available in the law but no implemented. - The main weaknesses identified relate to corruption, deficient enforcement of the domestic IPR regulations, insufficient or incorrect implementation of the TRIPs requirements, uncertainty of the outcome and cost of proceedings.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 67Kb
  11. Intellectual property : ISRAEL: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The overall situation with regard to the protection of intellectual property rights – and in particular pharmaceutical patents and data – continues to be seriously problematic.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 49Kb
  12. Intellectual property : JAPAN: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: Respondents to the survey report that implementation of the different enforcement mechanisms in Japan is effective and that the overall situation of IPR enforcement in Japan has improved. Respondents nevertheless pointed out serious and growing problem of online piracy in Japan.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 50Kb
  13. Intellectual property : JORDAN: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: Even if the overall situation appears to be unchanged for the last three years, some improvements, in particular as far public awareness on IPR violations is concerned, have been observed.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 50Kb
  14. Intellectual property : KENYA: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: There were no comments on Kenya in the 2006 enforcement survey. However it appears that IPR awareness is slowly increasing in this country even if the enforcement mechanisms are still inefficient.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 49Kb
  15. Intellectual property : KOREA (REP. OF): IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: According to the survey, enforcement mechanisms do exist in Korea, but the answers underline that their implementation is generally not effective enough. The overall IPR enforcement situation in Korea is considered either unchanged or slightly improved, with timely upgrade and update of legislation and commitment shown by competent authorities.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 53Kb
  16. Intellectual property : LEBANON: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The overall situation of IPR protection and enforcement in Lebanon has been slightly improved with reference to the 2006 enforcement survey. Several important legislative changes have been undertaken to prepare the country for its accession to the WTO.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 55Kb
  17. Intellectual property : MALAYSIA: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: According to the replies to this Survey, the overall IPR enforcement situation seems to have improved. However, public awareness of IPRs hasn't improved much over the last years and is still low. The main weaknesses appear to concern deficient enforcement of the domestic IPR regulations, lack of trained officials and lack of resources. Moreover, administrative measures and criminal and customs procedures are considered deficient. The competent authorities have shown only limited commitment to fight violations of IP rights (especially at a regional and local level), and the effectiveness of the measures adopted is considered as rather poor (particularly at a local level).
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 69Kb
  18. Intellectual property : MOROCCO: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: In comparison with the 2006 IPR enforcement survey, the overall situation of IPR protection in Morocco appears to be unchanged; however, several positive actions have taken place, such as the organisation of awareness raising campaigns, legislative changes in the area of trademarks and geographical indications, as well as the accession of Morocco to PCT and to UPOV. The modernisation of the national intellectual property office is ongoing. The creation of the National Committee for Intellectual Property and Anti Counterfeiting is another positive step towards a better protection of IPRs.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 53Kb
  19. Intellectual property : PARAGUAY: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: The results of the survey (conducted during the first half of 2008) show some slight improvements regarding the fight against counterfeiting and piracy in Paraguay. However, the overall situation of IPR protection and enforcement remains unchanged with reference to 2006. There is still a lack of resources and of trained officials in the enforcement area and legal procedures remain lengthy and inefficient.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 63Kb
  20. Intellectual property : PHILIPPINES: IPR Enforcement Report 2009
    • Abstract: According to the replies to this Survey, the overall evolution of the local IPR enforcement situation seems to have improved, and competent authorities have shown quite strong commitment to fight violations of IPR. However, further political will to properly enforce IP laws is still needed, as deficient enforcement (including border control measures) remains the main weakness of the current system – e.g. selling areas of pirated and counterfeit products have been well-known for years, and IPR violators remain unprosecuted.
    • 25 June 2009
    • Type: Other
    • Source: Commission
    • Format: PDF 53Kb
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