New plan to fight counterfeit goods
Spain is formulating a national plan to fight the persistent problem of counterfeit goods.
The announcement was made by Acting Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto at an event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), based in Alicante.
The plan has been drawn up by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office around four main pillars: regulation, coordination, analysis and training, and raising awareness. There will also be an advertising campaign that seeks to raise citizen awareness of the dangers of buying counterfeit products.
Spain is consistently among the 10 countries with the highest number of applications to the European trademark and design systems that are managed by EUIPO. In 2018, these amounted to 10,377 in the case of European trademarks and 3,649 in the case of EU designs.