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December 16, 2015 News

Observatory Work Programme 2016 now published


The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has now published its Work Programme for the year 2016...

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has now published its Work Programme for the year 2016. The present programme outlines the activities to be undertaken by the Observatory during 2016 in the framework of the Multiannual Plan of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). It includes projects that continue work begun in 2014, as well as new projects and activities that were initiated during 2015, some of which will deliver their final results in subsequent years.

The document first provides an overview of the structure of the Observatory and its main goals and gives a summary of its main activities and achievements in 2015. Thereafter it is divided into four parts which contain:

  •  A brief description of the working groups within the Observatory, which are organised along the lines of five main subjects: Public Awareness; Enforcement; Legal and International; IP in the Digital World; and Economics and Statistics.
  • A description of the activities the Office will undertake to implement the Multiannual Plan in 2016. Specifically, for each of the five working group subjects, the projects to be executed to support the corresponding activity during the year are briefly described.
  • The main meetings and conferences planned for 2016.
  • Annexes with information on the legal basis for the activities of the Observatory and on the 2016 budget.

This year, following requests from several stakeholders, a numbering scheme for the various initiatives and projects has been introduced in the Work Programme. Each activity has been assigned a code; the first one or two letters identify the working group principally dealing with the subject (e.g. PA for Public Awareness).

If you would like to take closer look at what the Observatory has planned for next year, take a look at the About us page of the Observatory website and click on the "Work Programme" tab. Here you will find the Work Programmes of 2016 and of previous years, as well as the OHIM´s Multiannual Plan (2014-2018).