International organised crime groups are increasingly involved in counterfeiting and piracy, and counterfeit goods violating health, safety and food regulations and those producing substandard goods are a priority crime area in the EU Policy Cycle for 2014 – 2017.
The European Intellectual Property Prosecutors Network (EIPPN) was established in 2015 to share knowledge and expertise to reinforce investigating and prosecuting capacity in cross-border intellectual property rights (IPR) cases.
On 12 and 13 October, the EIPPN held its third workshop. This year’s event, co-chaired by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and Eurojust, took place at Eurojust’s premises in The Hague. Prosecutors from 22 Member States and six third States attended the workshop.
The objectives of the workshop, Mutual Legal Assistance in Intellectual Property Rights Cases, were to give prosecutors working in this field the opportunity to share experience and best practice via presentations and panel discussions and to facilitate networking. Presentations were made by academics and representatives of Eurojust, the EJN, the EUIPO, the Cybercrime Judicial Network, the JITs Network Secretariat, EC3, the USA, Thailand, and the UK.
The first day’s moderator was Eric Gastinel of EUIPO. The moderator for the second day was László Venczl, Eurojust National Member for Hungary and Contact Point for EUIPO.
Eurojust and EUIPO signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2016, setting out the areas for enhanced strategic cooperation, including events such as this workshop, expanding existing collaboration in the support of European prosecutors working with cases concerning violations of IPR.