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The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights is a network of experts and specialist stakeholders.

History

The Observatory was created as part of the Commission's Internal Market and Services Directorate-General in April 2009 under the name of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy. EUIPO, as the EU's principal agency devoted exclusively to IP matters, began co-operating closely with the Observatory under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2011.

Following a proposal by the Commission, backed by the European Parliament and the Council, the Observatory was fully entrusted to EUIPO, formerly known as OHIM, on 5 June 2012.

The Regulation transferring the Observatory to EUIPO renamed it as the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. Under this Regulation EUIPO has to finance the Observatory's activities. The Observatory will draw on EUIPO's expertise, experience and resources with a view to becoming an information centre par excellence.

The Observatory is managed by EUIPO and is organised as follows:

  • Operations & Projects Area, managed by a Deputy Director, which includes two services
    • IP in the Digital World and Awareness Service
    • Enforcement and SMEs Service
  • Economics & Statistics Service, managed by the Chief Economist of the Office


Discover our network

The Observatory network is composed of public- and private-sector representatives, who collaborate in active working groups.

The core Observatory network is made up of public sector representatives, private sector representatives, civil society representatives and observers. The public sector representatives are designated by each Member State. Private-sector representatives include a broad and balanced range of Union and national bodies.

There are a number of other networks that are created when there is a specific need, such as a project to coordinate, or a particular activity to carry out.

There are also Expert Groups made up of experts proposed by the stakeholders or by EUIPO. These groups help guide in the implementation of projects in specialised fields of activity.

Although the Observatory has no direct enforcement powers, it brings together a wide range of stakeholders who use their technical skills, experience and knowledge to protect and promote IP rights and support those directly engaged in enforcement.

 

The Observatory stakeholders

Who are they?

The stakeholders include representatives from both the public and the private sector. Members of the European Parliament and institutional partners are also vital participants, whose involvement allows the European Parliament, the European Commission Services and Member States to follow and give advice on the Observatory's work.

Private-sector representatives include a broad and balanced range of Union and national bodies representing the various economic sectors, including creative industries, most involved or experienced in the fight against infringements of intellectual property rights. Consumer organisations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, authors and other creators are also represented.

For building up the contingent of private-sector stakeholders, the Observatory has used a published set of criteria designed to ensure that the Observatory can benefit from a broad range of expertise, whilst ensuring that meetings remain manageable and functional.

See the list of the Observatory network here

Criteria for new stakeholders

  • Pan-European associations or international organisations
  • Registered in the EU Transparency Register
  • Not individual corporations
  • Affected by counterfeiting or piracy and/or active in enforcement
  • Able to represent civil society/consumers or companies/authors/creators within their specific sectors
  • Able to provide key information about a particular sector, including statistical data in compliance with Article 5(2)(b) of Regulation (EU) No 386/2012


How to apply to become a stakeholder of the Observatory
Submit a written request to the attention of the Director of the Observatory, Paul Maier, stating that the association/organisation complies with the above criteria and proving that it is on the EU Transparency Register. The letter and proof can be sent by email and/or by post. See our contact details here.

The Observatory working groups

The working groups were set up on the basis of proposals by stakeholders and are used extensively by the Observatory for guiding the implementation of projects that are part of its work programme. Their fields of work range from legal matters, improved evidence building, consumer awareness and enforcement-related matters, to the growing number of issues surrounding IP in the digital world.

The following four working groups are currently in place:

Members of the IP in the Digital World working group

Public sector

  • Belgium
    Federal Public Service of Economy
  • Cyprus
    Customs § Excise Department
  • Czechia
    Ministry of Culture
  • Denmark
    Ministry of Culture
  • France
    Hadopi
  • Germany
    Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz
  • Greece
    Hellenic Copyright Organisation
  • Hungary
    Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  • Italy
    Guardia di Finanza
  • Latvia
    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia
  • Lithuania
    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
    Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Poland
    Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
  • Portugal
    Instituto Nacional da Propiedade Intelectual
  • Romania
    General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police
  • Slovakia
    Financial Directorate of the Slovak Republic
  • Spain
    Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Spain
    Ministry of Culture and Sport
 

Private Sector

  • AAPA
    Audiovisual Anti-piracy Alliance
  • ACT
    Association of Commercial Television in Europe
  • AIM
    Association des Industries de Marque
  • AIPPI
    Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Andema
    Asociación para la defensa de la Marca
  • APM
    Aktionskreis gegen Produkt- und Markenpiraterie e.V.
  • APRAM
    Association des Praticiens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles
  • BASCAP
    Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting & Piracy
  • BSA
    Business Software Alliance
  • Business Europe
    Confederation of European Business
  • CCIA Europe
    Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • Cefic
    The European Chemical Industry Council
  • CEPI
    European Audiovisual Production
  • DOT Europe
    DOT Europe
  • ECTA
    European Communities Trademark Association
  • EFJ
    European Federation of Journalists
  • ENPA
    The European Newswpaper Publishers' Association
  • EUROCOPYA
    European Federation of Joint Management Societies of Producers for Private Audiovisual Copying
  • EuroISPA
    European Internet Services Providers Association
  • FEP
    Federation of European Publishers
  • FESI
    Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
  • FIA
    Federation Internationale des Acteurs
  • GACG
    Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • GESAC
    European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
  • IAB Europe
    Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe
  • ICMP
    International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • IFPI
    International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMPALA
    Independent Music Companies Association
  • IMPF
    Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • INDICAM
    Istituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • ISFE
    Interactive Software Federation of Europe
  • IVF
    International Video Federation
  • MARQUES
    European Association of Trade Mark Owners
  • ORGALIM
    Europe´s Technology Industries
  • REACT
    The European Anti-Counterfeiting Network
  • SAA
    The Society of Audiovisual Authors
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • SMEunited
    The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • SROC
    Sports Rights Owners Coalition
  • UNIC
    International Union of Cinemas
  • Unifab
    Union des Fabricants
 

Civil Society

  • BEUC
    The European Consumers' Organisation
  • CDT
    Centre for Democracy and Technology
  • Communia
    International Association on the Public Domain
  • TAC
    Together against Cybercrime

Observers

  • EAO
    European Audiovisual Observatory
  • EFAD
    European Film Agency Directors association
 

Members of the Public Awareness working group

Public sector

  • Belgium
    Intellectual Property Office
  • Czechia
    Industrial Property Office
  • Denmark
    Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • France
    Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle
  • France
    Hadopi
  • Germany
    Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
  • Greece
    Hellenic Copyright Organization
  • Greece
    Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation
  • Hungary
    National Board Against Counterfeiting
  • Ireland
    Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Italy
    Italian Patent and Trademark Office
  • Latvia
    Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia
  • Lithuania
    Ministry of Culture
  • Luxembourg
    Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Malta
    Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Portugal
    Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial
  • Romania
    General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police
  • Slovakia
    Industrial Property Office
  • Spain
    Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
 

Private Sector

  • AAPA
    Audiovisual Anti-piracy Alliance
  • ABAC-BAAN
    Belgian Anti-Counterfeiting Association
  • AIM
    Association des Industries de Marque
  • AIPPI
    Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Andema
    Asociación para la defensa de la Marca
  • APM
    Aktionskreis gegen Produkt- und Markenpiraterie e.V.
  • APRAM
    Association des Praticiens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles
  • BASCAP
    Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting & Piracy
  • Business Europe
    Confederation of European Business
  • Cefic
    The European Chemical Industry
  • ECPA
    European Crop Protection Association
  • ECTA
    The European Community Trademark Association
  • EEA
    The European Express Association
  • ETICS
    European Testing Inspection and Certification System
  • FEP
    Federation of European Publishers
  • GACG
    Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • ICMP
    International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • IFPI
    International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMPALA
    Independent Music Companies Association
  • IMPF
    Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • INDICAM
    Istituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione 
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • IVF
    International Video Federation
  • oriGIn
    Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network
  • SAA
    The Society of Audiovisual Authors
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • TIC Council
    TIC Council
  • UNIC
    International Union of Cinemas
  • Unifab
    Union des Fabricants
 

Civil Society

  • BEUC
    The European Consumers' Organisation
  • Coface
    Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union
  • Communia
    International Association on the Public Domain
  • EAASM/ASOP EU
    European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines / The Alliance for Safe online Pharmacy in the EU
  • TAC
    Together against Cybercrime
 

Observers

  • WIPO
    World Intellectual Property Office

Members of the Enforcement working group

Public sector

  • Austria
    Federal Ministry of Finance
  • Belgium
    Federal Public Service Economy
  • Cyprus
    Department of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Czechia
    General Directorate of Customs
  • Denmark
    Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Estonia
    Ministry of Finance
  • Finland
    Finnish Customs
  • France
    Douanes & Droits Indirects
  • Germany
    Customs Criminal Investigations Office
  • Greece
    Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation
  • Greece
    Greece Hellenic Copyright Organization
  • Hungary
    National Tax and Customs Administration
  • Ireland
    Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Italy
    Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies
  • Latvia
    State Revenue Service, Customs Board
  • Lithuania
    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
    Customs General Directorate
  • Malta
    Ministry for Finance and Financial Services, Customs Department
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Portugal
    Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial
  • Romania
    Public Ministry
  • Romania
    General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police
  • Slovakia
    Financial Directorate
  • Spain
    Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Sweden
    Swedish Intellectual Property Office
 

Private Sector

  • AAPA
    Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance
  • ABAC-BAAN
    Belgian Anti-Counterfeiting Association
  • ACG
    Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • AIM
    Association des Industries de Marque
  • AIPPI
    Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Andema
    Asociación para la Defensa de la Marca
  • APM
    Aktionskreis gegen Produkt- und Markenpiraterie e.V.
  • BASCAP
    Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting & Piracy
  • BSA
    Business Software Alliance (BSA)
  • cefic
    Cefic
  • CEPI
    European Audiovisual Production
  • CIOPORA
    International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Plants
  • ECPA
    European Crop Protection Association
  • ECTA
    European Communities Trade Mark Association
  • EEA
    European Express Association
  • EECA-ESIA
    European Electronic Component Manufacturers Association - European Semiconductor Industry Association
  • EFPIA
    European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
  • ESA
    European Seed Association
  • ETICS
    European Testing Inspection and Certification System
  • EUROCOPYA
    European Federation of Joint Management Societies of Producers for Private Audiovisual Copying
  • FESI
    Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
  • FICPI
    Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle
  • ICMP
    International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • IFPI
    International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • INDICAM
    Istituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • MARQUES
    Association of European Trade Mark Owners
  • ORGALIM
    Europe's Technology Industries
  • REACT
    The European Ant-Counterfeiting Network
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • SROC
    Sports Rights Owners Coalition
  • UNIC
    International Union of Cinemas
  • Unifab
    Union des Fabricants
 

Civil Society

  • CDT
    Center for Democracy & Technology
  • TAC
    Together against Cybercrime
 
 

Observers

  • CPVO
    Community Plant Variety Office
  • EAO
    European Audio-visual Observatory
  • Europol
    European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation
  • WCO
    World Customs Organization

Members of Economics and Statistics working group

Public sector

  • Belgium
    Federal Public Service Economy
  • Denmark
    Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • France
    General Directorate for Enterprise
  • France
    Hadopi
  • Germany
    Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
  • Greece
    Hellenic Copyright Organization
  • Greece
    Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation
  • Hungary
    Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  • Italy
    Italian Patent and Trademark Office
  • Latvia
    Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia
  • Lithuania
    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
    Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Portugal
    Instituto Nacional da Propiedade Intelectual
  • Romania
    General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police
  • Slovakia
    Industrial Property Office
  • Spain
    Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Sweden
    Swedish Intellectual Property Office
 

Private Sector

  • ACG
    Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • AIM
    Association des Industries de Marque
  • AIPPI
    Association Internationale pour la protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Andema
    Asociación para la Defensa de la Marca
  • BASCAP
    Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting & Piracy
  • Business Europe
    Confederation of European Business
  • CCIA Europe
    Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • Cefic
    The European Chemical Industry Council
  • DOT Europe
    DOT Europe
  • ECPA
    European Crop Protection Association
  • ECTA
    European Communities Trade Mark Association
  • EFPIA
    European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
  • ENPA
    The European Newswpaper Publishers' Association
  • FEP
    Federation of European Publishers
  • FESI
    Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
  • FICPI
    Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle
  • IAB
    IAB Europe
  • ICPM
    International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • IFPI
    International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMPF
    Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • INDICAM
    Istituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione 
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • IVF
    International Video Federation
  • ORGALIM
    Europe's Technology Industries
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
 

Observers

  • EPO
    European Patent Office
  • OECD
    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • WIPO
    World Intellectual Property Organization

Civil Society

  • Communia
    International Association on the Public Domain
 
 

The Observatory Expert Groups

The Expert Groups help and guide the implementation of Observatory projects in focused and specialised areas, and are made up of experts proposed by the stakeholders or by EUIPO. Experts are called upon to provide expert support to Observatory’s agreed projects and activities. Experts represent themselves and not a particular organisation nor institution.

Insofar as possible, Expert Groups are balanced as regards geographical coverage and gender of the experts, as well as the sector they belong to or have experience in. Balance is also sought to cover both counterfeiting and piracy issues. A particular Expert Group will exist only as long as its work is still required; on the other hand, new Expert Groups can be created as needed.

The following six Expert Groups are currently in place:

This group will, among other things, work on the design of Pan-European awareness campaigns and other activities based on results of Observatory studies in cooperation with National Offices and stakeholders.

Currently this group consist of the following people:

  • Helen Barnham
  • Ger Hatton
  • Patricia Lennon
  • Lorenzo Litta
  • Barbara Suhr-Jessen
  • Marisa Stivala
  • Tine Heide Thomsen
  • Zeeger Vink

This group will, among other things, work on identifying new technologies with potential to impact and help IPR protection and carry out studies or launch initiatives to better understand these impacts.

Currently this group consist of the following people:

  • Florin Cristian Alexandru
  • Dani Bacsa
  • Marie-Ange Boyer
  • Delphine Calvini
  • Primavera De Filippi
  • Michael Ellis
  • Graeme Grant
  • Jean-Marie Le Golf
  • Michael Lund
  • Maria Cristina Martínez-Tercero
  • Christine Maury-Panis
  • Oliver Pribramsky
  • Andrii Shalaginov
  • Per Strömbäck
  • Didier Wang

This group will, among other things, work on the collaboration with all relevant intermediaries, studies (e.g. IPR infringements in social media) and voluntary collaboration practices

Currently this group consist of the following people:

  • Toe Su Aung
  • Geerart Bourlon
  • Christian Chmiel
  • Matthew Cope
  • Francesca D'Agostino
  • Daniel Dougherty
  • William Echikson
  • Stephan Edelbroich
  • Maria Fredenslund
  • Joanna Gęga
  • Monique A. Goeschl
  • Alastair Gray
  • Cecile Guillemard
  • Hans-Joachim Henn
  • Michael Isles
  • Sandro Chiesura
  • Todd Williams
  • Alexandra Laffitte
  • Colin Horrigan
  • Mike O'Connell
  • Alvaro Ortega
  • Ana Ramalho
  • Meena Sayal
  • Cezary Sowinski
  • Peter Szyszko
  • Jonathan Trivelas
  • Jelle Van Loo
  • Peter Vergote
  • Luca Vespignani
  • Fabienne Weibel

This group will, among other things, work on enforcement related activities in IP Key programmes, EU delegations network, IPR protection in 3rd countries and market watch list.

Currently this group consist of the following people:

  • George Agius
  • John Anderson
  • Graham Clemence
  • Kateřina Dlabolová
  • Michael Ellis
  • Bruce Foucart
  • Marion Guth
  • Ger Hatton
  • Myrtha Hurtado
  • Carole Bremeersch
  • Xenia Iwaszko-Manning
  • Klaus Messerig
  • Marco Musumeci
  • Michael Poulsen
  • Ankit Sahni
  • Ivana Šarlija
  • David Saussinan
  • Yves-Alain Sauvage

This group will, among other things, work with the SME scoreboard and other SME related studies, contribute to IP pre-diagnostic programme and give support to European Commission programmes.

Currently this group consist of the following people:

  • José Aguilar
  • Fernando Antunes
  • Vasco Rosa Dias
  • Michele Elio De Tullio
  • Bernd Otto Ewald
  • Xavier Fàbrega
  • Marion Guth
  • Rachel Jones
  • Vincenz Klemt
  • Marius Kuningas
  • Julien Scicluna
  • Henrik Moe Tørnquist
  • Helena Vieira

Meetings

The Observatory works on a project-based approach that involves the collaboration of stakeholders at various levels.

Within this framework, meetings of the various working groups are crucial for ensuring that agreed projects and activities receive expert support and are managed appropriately. Working groups therefore meet regularly throughout the life of a project, as required.

At a higher level, larger public- and private-stakeholder meetings are convened. These adopt a more strategic approach to the overall work programme and provide a consultative platform for evaluating all existing and proposed objectives and work-streams. Public- and private-stakeholder meetings are usually held twice a year.

Finally, a joint Plenary meeting is held once a year to discuss and agree upon the Observatory's overarching strategy in the light of existing work and emerging requirements.

 

Plans and programmes

The Observatory Multiannual Plan Extension 2019-2020 served to extend the Multiannual Plan 2014-2018 until the end of the EUIPO Strategic Plan 2020 (June 2020). The strategic goals and key initiatives for the Observatory for the next five years are now fully embedded in the EUIPO Strategic Plan 2025

   

Work programmes

The Observatory produces yearly work programmes that outline the activities to be undertaken in the framework of the Multiannual Plan (until 2020) or EUIPO Strategic Plans.

               

Regulation (EU) No 386/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 April 2012

This Regulation entrusted the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) 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 Observatory Annual activity report

The Observatory's performance review includes an overview of the work carried out and the challenges for the future.

 

Previous reports

           
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