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Databases supporting the investigative process



For control and prevention activities, and the fight against counterfeiting, the Agency, back in 2004, set up an automated system called F.A.L.S.T.A.F.F. – Fully Automated Logical System Against Forgery and Fraud (the only operational/legal instrument in Italy officially recognized by the European Union in the activities aimed at protecting legitimate trade), including a database fed by information provided by holders of intellectual property rights, and enabling to compare the products suspected to be counterfeit and declared in customs with original products.

Each holder applying for action protecting his/her intellectual property right creates, in the database, a file in which the product’s relevant technical features can be recorded. Text information can also be combined with images and the “map” of customs routes.

Such information can be consulted by customs officials in real time, so as to find contact details of professional associations and/or bodies certifying the quality of products to be protected, and contact them if needed. The database is complemented by the Customs Control Circuit and allows to define other risk profiles in order to identify, already in the customs declaration, the customs operations at risk of counterfeiting.

This is possible since the Customs Control Circuit analyses, in real time, all export and import declarations submitted in customs and forwards them automatically to the control channels corresponding to the risk profiles based upon the parameters indicated by the companies in their files.

This system has enabled the Agency to meet one of the most important needs in the context of fight against counterfeiting: identifying both the greatest possible number of counterfeited products and the fraud strategies; minimizing timescale for action. Such objectives can be achieved only using electronic tools.

FALSTAFF project was awarded an Honourable merit - pdf (156 KB) during the 2005 eEurope Awards for European innovation (in best e-government initiatives) held in Manchester.

FALSTAFF system was recently provided with new functions aimed at transposing the amendments introduced by Regulation (EU) n. 608/2013 and, in particular, aimed at realizing and application (“system to system”) dialogue with CO.PI.S (anti-COunterfeit and anti PIracy information System) database, developed by the European Commission for the exchange of data between Member States and the Commission on the decisions concerning applications for action and detection of goods.


The Italian Customs Agency’s project “Falstaff for the young”

This initiative aims at informing younger generations on dangers stemming from foodstuffs, on counterfeiting and on risks on purchase, also on-line, of products that do not comply with regulations on food safety and quality.

In cooperation with the main trade associations, this activity is aimed at involving all stakeholders, even those who are not committed in the fight against counterfeiting, in order to improve the awareness of younger consumers through an educational action using modern technologies.

The project was realized creating the FALSOBOOK portal, including reports, subjects of interest for consumers, suggestions from experts … and much more!

The FALSTAFF project team can be contacted at the following address:


CO.PI.S anti-COunterfeit and anti PIracy information System

It is the only EU database, with legal base, including all applications for action submitted and accepted by the customs Administration (in compliance with Reg. 608/2013), all data concerning seizures by European customs authorities and data included in the national FALSTAFF database.


EDB - Enforcement Data Base

EDB is the database developed by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, included in EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office), the competent European office for the registration of trademarks and designs valid in all 28 EU Member States – for supporting actions aimed at fighting violations of intellectual property rights (IPR).

EDB includes all information on products for which holders applied for action and allows to exchange information among IPR holders and law enforcement authorities in Member States on the traffics of counterfeited products or suspected cases.

EDB is directly linked to EUIPO databases managing EU trademarks (TMview) and registered EU design (Designview).


TMview and Designview

These two databases contain the link to about 50 national and international registers of Intellectual Property, including the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) database, allowing to check immediately if the IPR exists and if it is valid, as well to access detailed information concerning the IPR at different levels: EU level, international level, EU Member States national level and third countries level.



TMview is a powerful search tool for trademarks, containing all data from all trademark offices recognized and included in the system. All information are available in all languages used in the different participating offices.



Designview is a centralized access point allowing to see all information concerning designs registered and held by the participating national offices, in a single presentation format, regardless of which office the data come from. The search tool of the design is based on data included in the participating countries registers (WIPO and EUIPO).



E-Bacchus is the EU database consists of the register of designations of origin and geographical indications protected in the EU in accordance with Regulation (EU) n. 1308/2013 on the common organisation of the markets of agricultural products; lists non-EU countries' geographical indications and names of origin protected in the EU in accordance with bilateral agreements on trade in wine concluded between the EU and the non-EU countries' concerned; it also lists the traditional terms protected in the EU