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Study visit on cross-border IP enforcement

Building on recent co-operation with the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), which included a three-day training course on cross-border IP enforcement held in Changchun, China in October 2019, IP Key China led a study visit of six senior Chinese officials to the Netherlands and Belgium from 9 to 15 December 2019.

In the Netherlands, the Deputy Director-General of the Chinese Delegation discussed the latest developments and challenges in criminal investigations with EUROPOL. During the meeting with the Dutch prosecution and customs authorities both sides looked at national level issues, such as best practice in collecting evidence when building public prosecution cases against suspected IPR criminals.

In Brussels, the Chinese delegation met with the European Commission Directorate-General for Economic Inspection before meeting with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the European Brands Association — AIM, two organisations that present the enforcement perspective for European brands and individuals. Several meetings with the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights took place by video platform to allow speakers from outside Brussels to provide input.

The study visit aimed to build EU-China networks on enforcement matters through in-depth knowledge exchanges while facilitating inter-agency and public-private co-operation.



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