The EU Observatory operated by OHIM has launched a new EU-wide Enforcement Database which allows IP owners and enforcement officials to exchange information and communicate more easily, strengthening an IP owner’s ability to take action against counterfeit goods.

In addition to providing details of registered trade marks and designs, information, such as images and packaging samples, can also be uploaded to the Enforcement Database, accessible by enforcement agencies in the search for counterfeit goods. The Enforcement Database is available for both Community and nationally registered trade marks or designs in the EU. Any information uploaded to the database will be translated into the official languages of the EU.

Furthermore, it is intended for the future that IP owners will be able to file Applications for Action electronically. Such features hope to speed up and improve co-ordination of IP infringement identification.