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New EUIPO report shows the value of licensing EUTMS for SMEs
7.5% of SMEs that own EU trade marks (EUTMs) licensed them to others between 2013-2017, according to a new EUIPO report.
The average annual revenue from licensing EUTMs during the same period is estimated at nearly EUR 65 000 per firm – equivalent to 5.7% of the average turnover of EU SMEs. The estimated annual revenue from licensing out EUTMs by all SMEs in the EU is EUR 1.9 billion.
The report also estimates the overall value of the intangible assets represented by EUTMs licensed by SMEs to be EUR 38 billion, equivalent to EUR 1.3 million per licensing firm, based on an average twenty-year lifespan per EUTM.
The report is the first such estimate carried out by the EUIPO into the value of licensing EUTMs. It is based on the findings of an EU-wide survey of SMEs, weighted per SME intensity at Member State level and matched to the EUIPO’s own databases and the ORBIS database.
Strengthening cooperation in the fight against IP crime
The EU’s law enforcement agency Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have today formally signed an agreement to further increase their cooperation in fighting infringements of intellectual property rights, both online and offline.
Europol and the EUIPO have been collaborating since 2013 on a range of issues. In 2016, they stepped up their cooperation to create the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3), a specialist unit within Europol funded by the EUIPO.
Since its inception, the IPC3 unit has coordinated and supported cross-border operations aimed at tackling IP crime across the EU. The unit’s operations have spanned sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food and drinks, pesticides, counterfeit luxury goods, clothing, electronics, car parts, toys and illegal streaming. In total, counterfeit goods valued at over EUR 980 million have been seized.
In addition, over a hundred organised crime gangs have been identified and/or dismantled as a result of the unit’s work. The investigations coordinated by the IPC3 unit have also linked IP crime to the health and safety of consumers, drug trafficking, tax evasion, fraud and terror financing.
New EUIPO report on the EU enforcement of intellectual property rights
One fake item was detained per adult EU citizen between 2013 and 2017 according to the new Report on the EU enforcement of intellectual property rights: results at the EU borders and in Member States 2013-2017 published today by the EUIPO.
The new report aims to shed light on enforcement trends within the EU. It is the first joint analysis of two different sources of data, namely, the detentions at EU borders and within national markets reported in the IP Enforcement Portal by the EU Commission (DG TAXUD) and by the national enforcement authorities, respectively.
This report is a first attempt at providing evidence-based analysis of prior detentions of fake products, in order to help EU enforcers combat counterfeiting and piracy. The report provides insight into the volume, categories and estimated value of the fake items detained in the EU, the connection between Member States and detentions and the nature of the infringed IPR, among other insights.
All Observatory publications, including this report, can be found on EUIPO's website.
Trends in trade in counterfeit and pirated goods
Effects and magnitude of the phenomenon:
Between 2013 and 2016, the share of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods in global trade grew very significantly. Moreover, this growth was reported during a period of a relative slowdown in overall world trade.
Consequently, the intensity of counterfeiting and piracy is on the rise, with significant potential risk for intellectual property (IP) in the knowledge-based, open and globalised economy.
In 2016, the volume of international trade in counterfeited and pirated products could amount to as much as USD 509 billion (EUR 460 billion). This represents up to 3.3% of world trade.
The previous OECD EUIPO study, which relied on the same methodology, estimated that up to 2.5% of world trade was in counterfeit and pirated goods in 2013, equivalent to up to USD 461 billion (EUR 338 billion).
In 2016, imports of counterfeit and pirated products into the EU amounted to as much as EUR 121 billion (USD 134 billion), which
represents up to 6.8% of EU imports, against 5% of EU imports in 2013.
Companies and businesses most affected by counterfeiting and piracy continue to be primarily based in OECD countries such as the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom.
However, a growing number of companies registered in high income non-member economies, such as Singapore and Hong Kong
are becoming targets.
The report uses data from nearly half a million customs seizures from international enforcement agencies including the World Customs Organization, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union and the United States Department of Homeland Security. The datasets are composed of information collected and processed by customs officers.
Using blockchain in the fight against counterfeiting - EUIPO launches a Forum to support concrete solutions in that field
The EUIPO has launched a new forum designed to encourage the development of cutting edge technological solutions to combat counterfeiting.
The “Anti-Counterfeiting Blockathon Forum was unveiled by the Director General of DG Grow, Lowri Evans, at a major Industry Days event held in Brussels.
The Forum will bring together people and organisations to shape and deliver the future anti-counterfeiting infrastructure based on blockchain. The need for such a structured collaboration was clearly indicated during the Blockathon and its follow-up workshop. The Forum will fulfil this task by interconnecting private organisations, enforcement authorities and citizens to support the identification of authentic and counterfeit goods throughout the distribution chain. It will focus on drafting and defining the anti-counterfeiting use case and related pilot with the ultimate goal of delivering the next level of anti-counterfeiting infrastructure based on blockchain.
The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau called on private sector organisations, and all interested individuals to join the anti-counterfeiting forum to help develop and test solutions that would successfully combat the “global plague” of counterfeiting. “In today’s fast moving world, we need to use the latest technology to keep a reliable record of the origin of goods and their progress through international supply chains. Blockchain’s ability to create permanent and unchangeable records makes it one of the best candidates to deliver results on the ground”, he added.