Eu-Japan Action Plan on Ipr Protection and Enforcement

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Eu-Japan Action Plan on Ipr Protection and Enforcement


THIS THREE-PAGE ANNEX TO THE JOINT DECLARATION AT THE 16TH ANNUAL EU-JAPAN SUMMIT HELD IN BERLIN JUNE 5, 2007 DETAILS JAPANESE- EUROPEAN AGREEMENTS ON PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND COMBATING PRODUCT PIRACY.

Protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) is vital for innovation and competition as a major driving force behind economic growth in the global economy. This is especially the case for the EU and Japan, with advanced and knowledge-based economies. Sharing the mission of protecting the interests and rights of consumers and businesses and fostering innova-tion, the EU and Japan decide to renew their existing Joint Initiative ("EU- Japan Joint Initiative for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Asia") and expand their collaborative efforts to protect and enforce IPR world-wide both in a bilateral as well as multilateral framework.

To this end, the EU and Japan have adopted the EU-Japan Action Plan on IPR Protection and Enforcement as follows:

1. IPR ENFORCEMENT

(a) Bilateral Framework

- Furthering cooperation on IPR protection/enforcement in third countries, in particular through strengthening information exchange in third countries

Establish bilateral networks for information exchange on IPR either on regular or ad-hoc basis between Embassies/Representatives in third countries with major IPR concerns. Those Embassies/ Representatives would proactively collaborate with indus-tries by participating in IPR-related seminars/fora initiated by private sectors or authorities of third countries. The EU and Japan will continue to explore other effective ways of cooperation to promote IPR protection/enforcement in third countries.

- Collaborative supports for SMEs

Promote information-exchange on damages incurred to SMEs (small/ medium- sized enterprises) operating in third countries as well as provide those SMEs with useful guidance and information to address their challenges against IPR infringement.

- Promotion of customs cooperation

Intensify work for an early conclusion of the EC-Japan Agreement on Customs Co-operation and Mutual Assistance. Further strengthen cooperation among the customs authorities in border control for IPR enforcement, including the exchange of enforcement information and best practices.

- Collaboration to combat counterfeiting and piracy for IPR protection

Enhance information sharing on IPR infringement by counterfeiting and piracy in third countries as well as the EU and Japan. Discuss the status of infringement and ways to address the situations regarding the damages incurred against copyrights, design rights, brands and others. Coordinate messages to third countries of major concerns to request their further efforts to combat counterfeiting and piracy. Discuss ways to address the situation of the purchase of counterfeited and pirated goods by EU or Japanese consumers in third countries. …

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