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Enforcement Consultations

Public consultation on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights outside of the EU

The European Commission (DG Trade) has launched a public consultation in order to gather information from EU entities with an interest in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries. Similar activities have been launched in the past by means of a survey.

The purpose of the present public consultation is to identify third countries in which IPR protection and enforcement is a cause for concern, as well as to update the European Commission’s report on the protection and enforcement of IPR rights in third countries.

The results of the public consultation will help the Commission to focus its efforts and resources on priority countries and on specific areas of concern, with the aim of improving worldwide IPR protection and enforcement.

The EUIPO is supporting this activity and encouraging its stakeholders to participate in the European Commission’s public consultation. Contributions to the consultation should be made before 26 May 2019 via trade.ec.europa.eu/consultations/index.cfm?consul_id=260

Closed consultations

Public Consultation on measures to further improve the effectiveness of the fight against illegal content online

Commission services have launched a public consultation on “measures to further improve the effectiveness of the fight against illegal content online”.  The deadline to submit replies is 25 June 2018.

The consultation is available on the European Commission's website at Public Consultation on measures to further improve the effectiveness of the fight against illegal content online.

In case of questions please do not hesitate to contact DG CNECT at cnect-consultation-illegal-content@ec.europa.eu

Public consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR)

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR)          

This consultation aims to help assess the functioning of Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRED) in the online environment, with a view to identify the possible need for adapting such provisions and to propose corrective measures. It also aims to gather experience and opinions about the use and impact of so-called 'follow the money' initiatives in the area of IPR enforcement. This consultation will run until 15 April 2016.

Survey on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights outside of the EU

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 survey is available from 14 March to 31 May 2016.