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Have your say on counterfeiting and piracy

Have you experienced counterfeiting and piracy of online and/or physical marketplaces?

Written by Narinder Williams on 29 January 2018

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Can you spare a few minutes to tell the European Commission about your experience of counterfeiting and piracy of online and/or physical marketplaces?

 

The European Commission is asking you to help identify possible infringements involving substantial IPR, piracy and counterfeiting of online and physical marketplaces situated outside the European Union.

 

We would like you to share your views and experiences to help the European Commission identifying such marketplaces, that should be included in the Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List for 2018?

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To take part in this consultation drop us an email (contact@enterprise-europe.co.uk) with your contact details, clearly identifying the marketplace and the reasons why you believe that the market should be included in the Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List. Please attach any documents you may have to support this view.

 

The aim is to identify which marketplaces outside the EU, where counterfeiting, piracy or other forms of intellectual property abuse are common practice.

 

Based on stakeholders' input, the future watch-list will help to raise awareness of consumers that might be buying products in those marketplaces, and encourage their operators and owners to crack down on intellectual property abuse.

 

The Commission will also monitor the measures taken by local authorities to reduce the availability of goods and services infringing intellectual property rights in identified markets.

 

Intellectual property infringement hampers investment and employment in industries reliant on creativity and innovation. According to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the OECD, trade in counterfeit and pirated products amount to around €338 billion worldwide.

 

The European Union is particularly affected, with counterfeit and pirated products amounting up to around 5% of all imports or as much as €85 billion a year.

 

For further information please contact our ‘enquiry line’ on 0300 123 3144 or e-mail contact@enterprise-europe.co.uk

 

Consultation closes: 31st March 2018