Recent IP Regulation Updates
The UK Government backed a new IP Protection programme - 'The Real Deal Online', which is a joint venture between the National Markets Group (NMG) and National Trading Standards eCrime Team (NTSeCT) to protect consumers and small businesses from counterfeit goods that are being sold online through social media buy-and-sell groups. The aim of the programme is to create greater awareness amongst social media network administrators of their legal responsibility to prevent the promotion and sale of counterfeit goods on local social media groups.
The European Parliament voted in favour of an EU Copyright Directive that seeks fair compensation for the work of artists and journalists. It stated that tech giants must pay for work of artists and journalists which they use, but the directive also allows provisions to ensure that copyright law is observed online without unfairly hampering the freedom of expression.
A UAE Vehicle Control System, introduced by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) to control the entry and sale of counterfeit parts, came into force in October 2018. The new system will ensure that auto parts without the ESMA quality mark cannot enter the UAE, and a database will be set-up to help differentiate between the original and counterfeit products.
The new set of standards, which was approved by the UAE cabinet in April, aims to improve the quality of spare parts used in local markets and ensure better consumer protection, by filtering out counterfeit and defective products.
Six Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) and one Strategic Framework Agreement were agreed between Singapore's and China's leaders at a bilateral meeting in September 2018.
At the meeting, co-chaired by Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng, one of the signed MOU was on intellectual property cooperation. An agreement was reached between Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Administrative Committee, IP ValueLab and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co. to establish an "International Intellectual Property Innovation Service Centre" in the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (SSGKC).