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Launch of survey on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights outside of the EU


The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, on behalf of the EU Commission, is launching a survey of EU entities with an interest in the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. The purpose of the survey is to gather information, from those involved and interested, in order to build up a picture of the reality of IPR protection and enforcement in various third countries. This information will be collated by the Observatory and transmitted to European Commission.

The European Commission will then be in a position to use the information, together with what it has gathered from other sources, in compiling analyses of the situation in the various third countries. It will put this information to use in compiling its own reports on the general IPR enforcement scene in third countries, the situation in individual countries and provide assistance in preparation for negotiation and discussion with these countries.

Similar surveys had been carried out by the European Commission in the past, most recently in 2014. You can see how the 2014 survey was used here: trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2015/july/tradoc_153600.pdf

The survey will be one of the tools used to help improve the IPR enforcement scene in third countries. It is thus important to all EU entities with an interest in this subject.

The European Observatory has invited all interested parties to complete this online survey in respect of each country where you have an interest and knowledge. The survey can only be completed online. The format and content of the survey has been shortened and simplified. There are fewer questions but more opportunity to provide written comments.

The survey is available from 14 March to 31 May 2016 at:


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Topics: Intellectual Property