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Discover more about how intellectual property rights together with complementary actions in other areas can fight against and reduce the impact of illicit trade in fake goods

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Maltese Commerce Department of the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses are organising an online seminar as part of 2020 Malta SME Week. The seminar will look at various aspects of illicit trade in fake goods, the actions being taken to combat it and how businesses can protect their genuine products through trade mark and design registrations.

The seminar will bring together speakers who will focus on developments in the crafts sector to counter the impact of fake goods. The speakers will delve into the intricacies of dual use goods and will demonstrate the operations involved in cross border controls. This will be complemented by speakers on cybertheft from the Observatory (EUIPO) and on the SME Programme (EUIPO).

The seminar will be held on 27 October 2020 from 09.30 to 12.15 am. It will be held via the Zoom platform. The language of the seminar will be English. Please connect 5 minutes before the start of the meeting.

Should you have any queries or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the EUIPO Customer Department team at


09:30 Opening - EUIPO moderator
09:35Opening speech from Malta - Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
09:40Opening speech from EUIPO - EUIPO Executive Management
09:45Introductory speech: Fake goods, Illicit Trade, and IP rights (1st Session) - Director General, Commerce Department, Comptroller Industrial Property (Malta)
10:00Border action against Illicit goods - Customs Department (Malta)
10:15Maltese Crafts as an example of genuine products - Commerce Department (Malta)
10:30Genuine Goods - Dual Use - Trade Services and Projects, Commerce Department (Malta)
10:45Cybertheft and online IPR infringement - EUIPO Observatory
11:00Introductory speech: IP rights and benefits for Maltese SMEs (2nd session) - Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
11:05IP rights and the Innovation Process - EUIPO Customer Department
11:20Protecting genuine products through Trademark and Design registration - Director Industrial Property Registrations, Commerce Department (Malta)
11:35The SME Programme: And how can Maltese SMEs benefit? - EUIPO Customer Department
11:50Q & A
12:10Closing remarks / End of Seminar - EUIPO Moderator

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