Collection of National Key Enforcement Judgements related to Intellectual Property Rights

A project commissioned by the Observatory of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights  is carried out by CIPPM in collaboration with Milieu Consulting SPRL.

The project will run from January 2021 to December 2025, with the objective being to expand, update and consolidate the EUIPO’s eSearch Case Law system (database including key national case-law in the area of IP enforcement).


The collection of judgements across EU Member States stems from the European Commission’s Communication: A balanced IP enforcement system responding to today’s societal challenges (COM(2017) 707 final) which states that ‘transparency about judgements on IPR enforcement is an essential pre-requisite for knowledge exchanges across the single market’ and the Council Conclusions on the enforcement of IP rights in the EU (6681/18 1 March 2018) which invites Member States to consider in cooperation with the Observatory, the systematic publication of judgements in IPR enforcement cases.

These objectives also form part of the Observatory’s Work Programme 2020 and is expected to contribute to a ‘more efficient and predictable juridical enforcement regime in the EU’.

Keeping in step with the above aims, this Collection will take forward the work begun by the EUIPO in 2014 in collecting national key enforcement judgements from the Member States that are related to IPRs. As such, the project will:

  • Provide key enforcement judgements from EU Member States currently not participating in the project (begun in 2014);
  • Provide key enforcement judgements from participating EU Member States that are no longer available to provide them; and
  • Check and provide updates of key enforcement judgements from non-participating EU Member States collected internally by EUIPO.

Research Team

National Experts

  • Dr. Michael Woller (Schoenherr Law, Austria)
  • Prof. Dr. Esther Van Zimmeren (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Dr. Fanny Koleva, Dr. Miglena Molhova and Dr. Rumiana Brestnichka (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Ms. Kristina Delfin Kanceljak (Attorney at Law, Croatian Bar Association, Croatia); Ms. Maja Praljak (Judge, Commercial Court of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Dr. Tatiana Eleni Synodinou (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Prof. Dr. Aleksei Kelli (University of Tartu, Estonia )
  • Prof. Dr. Taina Pihlajarinne and Olli Honkkila (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Peukert (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt a/M, Germany)
  • Dr. Monique Farrugia and Dr. Ivan Vella (Vella Advocates, Malta)
  • Dr. Maurice Schellekens (University of Tilburg Law School, Netherlands)
  • Dr. Iga Bałos-Stoczewska (Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland)
  • Prof. Dr. Tito Rendas (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal) and Miguel Godinho (CCA Law, Portugal)
  • Dr. Rãzvan Dincã and (Rãzvan Dincã & Asociatii and University of Bucharest, Romania) and Dr. Ionut Cofaru (Rãzvan Dincã & Asociatii, Romania)

Past National Experts: Axel Paul Ringelhann (Legal Counsel, Austria, 2020-2021)

A team of Voluntary Expert Reviewers drawn from the above Member States also form part of the Project Team as part of the quality review process. They are:

  • Mag. Dr. Adolf Zemann (Austria)
  • Ms. Jozefien Vanherpe (Belgium)
  • Mr. Aleksandar Bijelić (Croatia)
  • Ms. Eleni Papacharalambous (Cyprus)
  • Prof. Dr Age Värv (Estonia)
  • Prof. Rosa Ballardini (Finland)
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Nordemann (Germany)
  • Dr. Bernd Justin Jüste (Luxembourg)
  • Dr. Ioannis Revolidis (Malta)
  • Prof. Anselm Kamperman-Sanders (Netherlands)
  • Dr. hab. Justyna Ożegalska-Trybalska (Poland)
  • Prof. Dr. Dário Moura Vicente (Portugal)
  • Ms. Ana-Maria Baciu (Romania)

The Project Team would also like to acknowledge the contribution made by an independent reviewer who supported the selection of key enforcement judgments.

  • Dessislava Iordanova (Bulgaria)