- On 27th September 2012, the RAND Europe report “Measuring IPR infringements in the internal market”, prepared for DG Internal Market and Services of the European Commission, was presented by DG MARKT and RAND to the inaugural Plenary meeting of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights in Alicante. The report can be accessed via the following link.
- On 19th April 2012, the European Parliament and the Council signed Regulation (EU) No 386/2012 entrusting the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) with tasks related to the enforcement of intellectual property rights, including the assembling of public and private-sector representatives as a European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. The Regulation enters into force on 5 June 2012
- On 16th February 2012, the statistics subgroup of the Observatory met. The minutes of the meeting are attached.
- An Award Ceremony closing the “HandsOffMyDesign” competition, awareness-raising project initiated by the Public Awareness Working Group of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy, took place on Wednesday, 1st of February 2012, in the European Parliament.
- On 8 – 9 December 2011, a Member States meeting of the Observatory took place in Warsaw. The presentations made to that meeting are attached.
- On 24th November 2011, the public awareness subgroup of the Observatory met. The minutes of the meeting are attached.
- On 3rd October 2011, a meeting of private sector stakeholders of the Observatory took place in Brussels. The minutes of the meeting are attached.
- Commission sets out “blueprint” for Intellectual Property Rights to boost creativity and innovation (24.05.2011)
- On 24 May 2011, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on entrusting the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy on the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM).
- On 17th May 2011, a Member States meeting of the Observatory took place in Budapest. The minutes of the meeting are attached.
- On 18 April 2011, the Commission and the OHIM agreed a Memorandum of Understanding on the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy pending the adoption of the abovementioned Regulation
- Study report on rapid information exchange on counterfeiting and piracy (11.11.2010)
- Photo album of the Awards ceremony of 23 June 2010
- DG Trade has launched a survey on protection of intellectual property rights in third countries.
First Joint Plenary meeting of National Representatives and private stakeholders
The first meeting of National representatives from Member Sates and private sector stakeholders of the European Observatory for Counterfeiting and Piracy took place in Madrid on 10th June 2010.
Participants worked in close partnership to review the ongoing work of the Observatory, to discuss how key pillars of work should be taken forward and to offer suggestions on how best build on the progress made in the first year.
The next meeting of private stakeholders will be in autumn 2010.
- BASCAP ?
- Hungarian Patent Office
- Legal Sub-group Presentation
- Romania Structures and Strategies
- Spanish Trademark and Patent Office
Studies of the Legal Sub-group
In the context of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy, the private sector members called for the establishment of a professional and technical group of legal practitioners, to horizontally assess intellectual property rights legal framework.
- Damages in Intellectual Property Rights
- Corrective Measures in Intellectual Property Rights
- Evidence and Right of Information in Intellectual Property Rights
- Injunctions in Intellectual Property Rights
- Cross border measures in EU
- Border Risk Management - Cooperation with the carriers and shippers in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy
- Counterfeits and Postal sector
- Geographical Indications
'REAL fake' Competition
The European Commission and Members of the European Parliament organized a competition for schools on counterfeiting and piracy.
Call for tenders
In March 2010 the Directorate General for the Internal Market launched a tender for a contract for a comprehensive study that, through defining a methodology, would quantify the scope, scale and impact of counterfeiting and piracy on European economy in the Internal Market. This contract will be the first stage in an aim to continuously assess the problem and to develop evidence based policies in the area of intellectual property rights.
This invitation to tender is open to bidders from the Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area, as well as States covered by the Public Procurement Agreement concluded within the World Trade Organisation, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.
Second meeting of private stakeholders
The second meeting of private stakeholders of the European Observatory for Counterfeiting and Piracy took place in Brussels in February 2010. Amongst a range of topics, participants will be looking at structures and strategies in place across the EU, systems for exchanging information and public awareness. Please follow the information on this website for more details.
First meeting of national representatives
The first Member States’ meeting of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy was hosted by the Swedish Presidency on the 14th of December 2009, in Stockholm. The meeting was held to exchange views with the national experts, nominated by public authorities, about the overall mission, objectives, governance and future structure of the Observatory. The participants expressed their views on how the Observatory should function and its main objectives. This led to a broad consensus on its aims and governance and an agreement that the Observatory will require the active long-term engagement and support of Member States.
First meeting of private stakeholders
The first meeting of the private stakeholders of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy took place on the 4th of September 2009. The main goal of the meeting was to exchange views with stakeholders about the overall mission, objectives, governance and future structure of the Observatory. The discussions during the meeting were successful, and led to a general agreement on the aims and strategy of the Observatory.
What is the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy?
The Observatory has been launched to:
- improve the quality of information and statistics related to counterfeiting and piracy on the Internal Market of the EU
- identify and spread national best practice strategies and enforcement techniques from both the public as well as the private sector
- help raise public awareness.
The Observatory is focused on active delivery and as such, it has already commenced work in a number of key areas. As an example, the Commission has carried out an exercise to identify structures and frameworks currently in place to combat IP infringements, within Member States. Private stakeholders have been keen to offer advice and assistance on developing the study work.
Three initial subgroups have been created within the Observatory. The topics of the subgroups are surrounding data gathering, existing legal frameworks and public awareness. Subgroup participants are already providing reports and studies to help in the functioning of the Observatory, and have committed to do so in the future.
How is the Observatory structured?
The Observatory is based on existing Commission structures and will also make use of external expertise. External experts will be chosen through open public tenders. If you are interested in getting involved, please look regularly at this web site.
Who is participating in the work of the Observatory?
The Observatory is composed of members from both the private and public sectors.
Private industry representatives from a broad range of European and national associations, regularly engaged and experienced in fighting counterfeiting and piracy, were invited to represent a wide diversity of sectors and geographical areas. These participants have also been invited to contribute to specialised working groups.
In respect of public sector representatives, Member States have designated national representatives to take part. Member States were asked to nominate representatives who have established relations with private industry and share a common know-how in fighting counterfeiting and piracy. The national representatives also have broad experience in internal and external coordination and are familiar with the design of consumer awareness-raising activities.
How is the work delivered?
The day-to-day work is coordinated and driven by the European Commission and appointed external contractors.
Regular meetings involving private sector participants, national representatives and external experts are taking place. Alongside these meetings, technical working groups are set up to work on specific issues and deliver practical results.
An annual Observatory report will also be published.
Who to contact if you have questions concerning the Observatory?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following email address: markt-iprobservatory＠ec.europa.eu
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- Education and Culture (Sport):
- Justice, Freedom and Security:
- Information Society and Media
Inter-Governmental and International Organisations
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO):
- World Trade Organization (WTO):
- World Health Organisation (WHOIMPACT):
- World Customs Organisation (WCO):
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD):
- On 11 September 2009 the Commission adopted a Communication on Enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market (see in particular chapter 2 on the creation of the Observatory)
- On 2 April 2009 the Commission launched the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy.
- On 25 September 2008 the Council adopted a Resolution on a Comprehensive European Anti-counterfeiting and Anti-piracy Plan, where the Commission was asked to set up a European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy.