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September 23, 2020 News

Public Consultation - Third Country Report


 

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 consultations have been launched in the past by means of a survey.

The purpose of this 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 European Commission to focus its efforts and resources on priority countries and on specific areas of concern, with the aim of improving IPR protection and enforcement worldwide.

At a time when the European Commission is reviewing its trade policy for the medium term, contributing to this exercise seems particularly relevant.

The EUIPO is therefore supporting this activity and encouraging its stakeholders to participate in the European Commission’s public consultation. Contributions to the consultation are possible until 16 November 2020 via: https://trade.ec.europa.eu/consultations/index.cfm?consul_id=267