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By Sonia Santos, Sonia Santos
On 4th February 2005 the Spanish Tax Authorities submitted a new Plan for preventing Tax Fraud to the Government. This new Plan establishes specific measures for controlling specific imports from Asia, as well as fighting against the black market in trademark counterfeiting and the smuggling of CD and DVD recorders
By Sara Pelaz Sánchez, Sara Pelaz Sánchez
The out-of-court conflict settlement procedure for domain names bearing the country code for Spain ".es" for which a regulation was approved on 8 November 2005 by the Director General of the public business entity "", has recently come into operation.
By Jordi Camo, Jordi Camo
The European Commission has recently approved a proposal for a Directive and a proposal for a framework decision aimed at harmonizing the criminal measures that every member State uses to fight both counterfeiting and piracy.
By Agustí Valls, Agustí Valls
1 July 2005 marked exactly one year since Council Regulation nº 1383/2003, came into force to replace Regulation (EC) nº 3295/94, concerning customs actions against goods suspected of infringing certain intellectual property rights and the measures to be taken against goods found to have infringed such rights.
By Maite Ferrándiz, Maite Ferrándiz
In May 2004 the Directive EC/2004/48 on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights came into force in response to the need to increase the fight against counterfeiting and piracy in the Internal Market and to harmonize the legislative systems of the Member States regarding the means of enforcing Intellectual Property rights.
By Sonia Santos
On 1 October 2004, the new Law 15/2003, of 25 November, came into force, reforming the Penal Code and introducing some important practical changes which will affect criminal protection of intellectual property rights.