Register to the 23rd European Forum of the Intellectual Property

Don’t waste your time and register for the 23rd edition of the European Forum of the Intellectual Property. It will be the best way to know how counterfeiting will be fought under the next decade.

Settled by the Unifab since 1995, the European Forum of the Intellectual Property is about to make its comeback in 2018 for its 23rd edition. After a successfully edition in 2017 which has known a high level of attendance, this new great event gathering all major actors of the defence of intellectual property (firms, industrial property councils, lawyers, national, European and international organizations, etc..), will take place on April 5 and 6, 2018 in Paris.

Unifab: Responsibilities and main activities

The Unifab is the French anti-counterfeiting organization that gathers more than two hundred firms and professional federations from many brands of activities. One of the most important mission of the Unifab is to promote and raise the awareness of the key players of the world of intellectual property by representing the interest of its members and educating the population and the legal authorities about the danger and the consequences of the counterfeiting.

These missions will include the creation of various commissions in order to exchange, compare, apply and upgrade all the legislation relating to the intellectual property rights around the world.

Each year, this organization, the oldest among its international counterparts, sets up the European Forum of the Intellectual Property which is the most important meeting and exchange event for all the actors involved.

Unifan : European Forum of Intellectual Property (FEPI) poster


The fight against counterfeiting: A major economic and legal challenge underlined by the European Forum of the Intellectual Property

According several figures and studies, counterfeiting would represent between 5 and 10 % of the world trade. The counterfeiting has become a major international issue and concerns a wide range of consumer goods. This phenomenon has undeniable repercussions in various fields: economy, health, security, environmental questions, etc.

The consumer is the first victim of this treat by buying, voluntarily or not, a product that does no respect the current manufacturing and safety standards. The simple action to visit a counterfeit site and to buy a fake product expose the buyer to heavy penalties and also to many risks for his health and his safety.

The possession of a product coming sold by a counterfeiter exposes its new owner to customs penalties which amount up to twice the value of the authentic product. In the same time, the withholding of the counterfeit item will be decided. These penalties may even be increased if the product is coming from the activity of organized gang traffic.

In order to ensure the protection of every brand that pay a heavy financial cost due to the counterfeiting, the fight against the latter is organized, in France, through the National Anti-Corruption Committee (CNAC in French), which is a public/ private partnership and at the European scale, with the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). In order to understand more precisely the consequences of this phenomenon and its importance, don’t hesitate to read our article about the dangers of counterfeit purchases on the Internet.

The 22nd edition of the EUROPEAN FORUM OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: an undeniable success

In order to defend the intellectual property rights, to valorise every authentic product and to find new solutions to fight against counterfeiting, this meeting has become over the last year a top event that gather all the professionals and all national and international institutions involved in this issue: the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the National Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (CNAC) and the INPI (National Institute of Intellectual Property).

Among the topics discussed and debated during the 22nd edition of the European Forum of the Intellectual Property, the online counterfeiting was the most developed but there was also a world tour of good practices and the duty of anti-counterfeiting as a major economic and social challenge. The 22nd edition of the European Forum of the Intellectual Property took place in the Pavillon Dauphine in Paris.

The intense two-day meeting enjoyed a great attendance with more than 300 people coming from the political, economic and legal world. In several years, the European Forum of the Intellectual Property has become the most important event about the anti-counterfeiting battle and where the new solutions grow up.

The 23rd European Forum of the Intellectual Property will open its doors on 5 & 6 April. Following the great success of the 22nd edition, this event will come back with a very rich program and current topics to discover. It’s an opportunity to find new solutions to solve the problem more effectively.

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