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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.

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

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.

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
  • Czech Republic
    Ministry of Culture
  • Denmark
    Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • France
    Hadopi
  • Germany
    Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz
  • Greece
    Hellenic Copyright Organisation
  • Hungary
    Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  • Italy
    Italian Patent and Trademark Office
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Latvia
    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia
  • Poland
    Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
  • Portugal
    Instituto Nacional da Propiedade Intelectual
  • Slovak Republic
    Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic
  • Spain
    Spanish Trademarks Office
 

Private Sector

  • AAPA
    Audiovisual Anti-piracy Alliance
  • ACT
    Association of Commercial Television in Europe
  • AIPPI
    Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • AIM
    Association des Industries de Marque
  • Andema
    Asociacion Nacional 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
  • CDT
    Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Cefic
    The European Chemical Industry Council
  • CEOC
    Confederation of Inspection and Certification Bodies
  • CEPI
    CEPI European Audiovisual Production
  • GACG
    Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • MARQUES
    European Association of Trade Mark Owners
  • ECTA
    TThe European Community Trademark Association
  • EDiMA
    The European Digital Media Association
  • EDiMA
    The European Digital Media Association
  • EFJ
    European Federation of Journalists
  • ENPA
    The European Newswpaper Publishers' Association
  • EuroISPA
    European Internet Services Providers Association
  • EUROCOPYA
    European Federation of Joint Management Societies of Producers for Private Audiovisual Copying
  • FEP
    Federation of European Publishers
  • FESI
    Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
  • FIA
    Federation Internationale des Acteurs
  • GESAC
    European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
  • ICMP
    International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • IAB Europe
    Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe
  • IFPI
    International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMPALA
    Independent Music Companies Association
  • INDICAM
    Instituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • ISFE
    Interactive Software Federation of Europe
  • IVF
    International Video Federation
  • ORGALIME
    The European Engineering Industries Association
  • REACT
    The European Anti-Counterfeiting Network
  • SAA
    The Society of Audiovisual Authors
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • SROC
    Sports Rights Owners Coalition
  • UNIC
    Union Internationale des Cinémas | International Union of Cinemas(UNIC)
  • Unifab
    Union des Fabricants
 

Civil Society

  • BEUC
    The European Consumers' Organisation
  • Communia
    International Association on the Public Domain
  • EDRI
    European Digital Rights
  • TAC
    Together against Cybercrime
  • Wikimedia
    Wikimedia Movement

Observers

  • EAO
    European Audiovisual Observatory
  • EFADS
    European Film Agency Directors
 

Members of the Public Awareness working group

Public sector

  • Belgium
    Intellectual Property Office
  • Czech Republic
    Industrial Property Office
  • Greece
    Hellenic Copyright Organisation
  • Greece
    Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation
  • Denmark
    Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • France
    Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle
  • Hungary
    National Board Against Counterfeiting
  • Italy
    Italian Patent and Trademark Office
  • Ireland
    Department of business, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Latvia
    Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia
  • Lithuania
    Ministry of Culture
  • Malta
    Ministry of the Economy, Investment and Small Business
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Portugal
    Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial
  • Slovak Republic
    Industrial Property Office
  • Spain
    Spanish Trademarks Office
 

Private Sector

  • AAPA
    Audiovisual Anti-piracy Alliance
  • AIM
    Association des Industries de Marque
  • AIPPI
    Association Internationale pour la Protection de la propriété Intellectuelle
  • Andema
    Asociacion Nacional 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
  • CEOC
    Confederation of Inspection and Certification Bodies
  • ECTA
    The European Community Trademark Association
  • ECPA
    European Crop Protection 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
  • INDICAM
    Instituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • IVF
    International Video Federation
  • oriGIn
    Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network
  • SAA
    The Society of Audiovisual Authors
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • Unifab
    Union des Fabricants
  • UNIC
    International Union of Cinemas
 

Civil Society

  • BEUC
    The European Consumers' Organisation
  • Communia
    International Association on the Public Domain
  • Coface
    Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union
  • TAC
    Together against Cybercrime
  • Wikimedia
    Wikimedia Movement
 

Observers

  • WIPO
    World Intellectual Property Office

Members of the Enforcement working group

Public sector

  • Austria
    Federal Ministry of Finance, unit 48
  • Belgium
    General Directorate Economic Inspection
  • Cyprus
    Department of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
    Customs Administration
  • Denmark
    Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Estonia
    Northern District Prosecutor’s Office
  • Finland
    Finnish Customs
  • France
    Douanes & Droits Indirects
  • Germany
    Customs Criminal Investigations Office
  • Greece
    Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation
  • Hungary
    National Tax and Customs Administration
  • Ireland
    Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Latvia
    State Revenue Service, Customs Board
  • Luxembourg
    Customs General Direction
  • Malta
    Ministry of Finance
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Romania
    Public Ministry
  • Slovak Republik
    Financial Directorate
  • Spain
    Spanish Trademarks Office
  • Sweden
    The Swedish Patent and Registration Office
 

Private Sector

  • AAPA
    Audiovisual Anti-piracy Alliance
  • ACG
    Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • AIM
    Association des Industries de Marque
  • AIPPI
    Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Andema
    Asociacion Nacional 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)
  • CDT
    Center for Democracy & Technology
  • cefic
    The European Chemical Industry Council
  • CEOC
    Confederation of Inspection and Certification Bodies
  • CEPI
    CEPI European Audio-visual Production
  • CIOPORA
    International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Plants
  • ECPA
    European Crop Protection Association
  • ECTA
    The European Community Trademark Association
  • EDRI
    European Digital Rights
  • EEA
    The European Express Association
  • EECA
    European Electronic Component Manufacturers Association
  • EFPIA
    The 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
  • IFPI
    International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • ICMP
    International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • INDICAM
    Instituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • Marques
    European Association of Trade Mark and Owners
  • ORGALIME
    The European Engineering Industries Association
  • REACT
    The European Ant-Counterfeiting Network
  • SROC
    Sports Rights Owners Coalition
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
  • Unifab
    Union des Fabricants
  • UNIMEI
    UNI Global Union media, entertainment & arts
 

Civil Society

  • TAC
    Together against Cybercrime
  • EDRi
    European Digital Rights
 
 

Observers

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

Members of Economics and Statistics working group

Public sector

  • Belgium
    Federal Public Service Economy
  • Czech Republic
    General Directorate of Customs
  • Denmark
    Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Greece
    Hellenic Copyright Organization
  • Greece
    Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation
  • France
    General Directorate for Enterprise
  • Hungary
    Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  • Italy
    Italian Patent and Trademark Office
  • Latvia
    Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia
  • Malta
    Ministry for Economy, Investment and Small Business, Commerce Department
  • Netherlands
    Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Portugal
    Instituto Nacional da Propiedade Intelectual
  • Spain
    Spanish Trademarks Office
  • Sweden
    The Swedish Patent and Registration 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
  • Cefic
    The European Chemical Industry Council
  • CEOC
    Confederation of Inspection and Certification Bodies
  • ECTA
    The European Community Trademark Association
  • ECPA
    European Crop Protection Association
  • EDiMA
    The European Digital Media Association
  • EFPIA
    The 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
  • IFPI
    International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • INDICAM
    Instituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione
  • INTA
    International Trademark Association
  • IVF
    International Video Federation
  • Orgalime
    European Engineering Industries Association
  • SACG
    Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group
 

Observers

  • EPO
    European Patent Office
  • OECD
    Organization 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
  • 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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