This report series brings together the findings of the research carried out in recent years by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on the Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory), on the extent, scope and economic consequences of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) infringement in the EU. 

Evidence on the economic value of IPRs in the EU economy, the extent to which this value is exploited, the infringement mechanisms used to realise that value and the actions being taken in response to these challenges are outlined and discussed.

 

 

Latest study

Released in 2020, the Status Report on IP Infringement brings together the EUIPO’s reporting work on intellectual property at EU and at global level.

The Status Report also contains research on the volume of counterfeit and pirated goods in international trade and the economic contribution of intellectual property-rights intensive industries to economic growth and jobs. The report includes new insights on how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) use intellectual property.




Publication date: June 2020

Previous studies

Released in 2019, the Status Report on IPR Infringement contains an overview of the main research outputs of the Observatory along with its key activities.

It also includes the 2019 update of the flagship study estimating the percentage of counterfeit and pirated goods in international trade.




Publication date: June 2019

The Synthesis Report on IP Infringement was released in 2018. It draws together EUIPO and its partners’ research findings to illustrate the increasing economic importance of IP, its use by European companies, the economic costs of IPR infringement from both domestic and counterfeit trade and the actions being taken in response to these infringements.



Publication date: June 2018

 

 

2020 Status Report on IPR infringement: why IP rights are important, IPR infringement and the fight against counterfeiting and piracy

This report collates the reporting work of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights up to the second quarter of 2020.

It includes the third edition of the flagship IPR-intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union report, released in 2019, as well as the OECD-EUIPO study quantifying the overall volume of trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Included too is the first report into online copyright infringement in the EU, and new insights on how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) use intellectual property.

The sectorial studies estimating the impact of the presence of counterfeits in the EU marketplace have all been updated to reflect the most recent data available.

 
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2019 Status Report on IPR infringement: the importance of intellectual property rights, the infringement of intellectual property rights and the actions taken to combat it.

This report contains information on the entire report sequence of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights up to the second quarter of 2019.

In particular, the cornerstone 2016 OECD-EUIPO study quantifying the overall volume of trade in counterfeit goods was updated in 2019; in addition, two other joint OECD-EUIPO studies have been published since the previous edition of the report, on the factors that make some countries more prone to be sources of counterfeit goods, and on the role of small parcels in the trade in counterfeits.

The sectorial studies estimating the impact of the presence of counterfeits in the EU marketplace have all been updated to reflect the most recent data available.

 
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Synthesis Report 2018

The Synthesis Report on IP Infringement draws together EUIPO and its partners’ research findings to illustrate the increasing economic importance of Intellectual Property, its use by European companies, the economic costs of IPR infringement arising from both domestic and counterfeit trade, the methods and channels by which these rights are infringed, and the actions being taken in response to these infringements.

It was published in the second quarter of 2018.

 
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