The European Union and its Member States welcome the positive and constructive cooperation in the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement. We strongly support the work of this Committee, and note with satisfaction the wealth of quality contributions from WIPO Member States shared at the fourteenth session of ACE in September.
Focussing our discussions on practical experiences of WIPO Member States enables us to learn from other countries and build on each other’s best practices. In this context, we particularly welcome discussions on the use of new technologies and role of intermediaries in IP enforcement, as well as arrangements to address online IP infringements.
With regard to future work in the ACE, the EU and its Member States would welcome to continue discussions, under the current well-balanced work programme, on education and awareness raising initiatives, not only to sensitize the society on the negative consequences of infringements of IPR, but also to demonstrate how to promote easy access to legal content and genuine products. We also believe that new technologies and measures that support SMEs in their efforts to combat counterfeiting and piracy should remain in the focus of Committee’s work.
The European Union and its Member States see WIPO as the global forum for all intellectual property related matters, and believe that WIPO has an important role to play in coordinating Member States’ efforts to more effectively combat IPR infringements. We are confident that fruitful collaboration between delegations will continue in a manner ensuring that a fair balance is kept between incentives to innovate and access to innovation.