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European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights is a network of experts and specialist stakeholders that brings together representatives from EU bodies, authorities in EU countries, businesses, and civil society. Its aim is to improve the fight against counterfeiting and piracy by sharing information and best practice, raising public awareness, strengthening cooperation, and developing better tools.

The Observatory is managed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The EUIPO was created in 1994 to manage the EU’s trademark and design systems, and to offer businesses a one-stop shop to protect their rights throughout the EU.

In 2012, the EUIPO was given the additional tasks of hosting and managing the Observatory and assisting national authorities, the private sector and EU institutions in the fight against infringements of intellectual property rights (Regulation No 386/2012).

Evaluation of the Observatory

The European Commission is now assessing whether Regulation No 386/2012 is achieving its objectives.

It has commissioned and published an external study: Evaluation of the application of Regulation 386/2012.

It also launched a public consultation to hear the views of stakeholders and the general public. The contributions to the consultation and statistics on the responses are available on the consultation webpage

The results of the study and the public consultation will be used in the preparation of the European Commission’s evaluation of Regulation No 386/2012 and its implementation by the EUIPO.