EC: Public consultation on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries

DG Trade is launching a public consultation to gather information on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in non-EU countries.

The objective of this consultation is to identify non-EU countries where intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement is a high concern, and to update the list of the ‘priority countries.’

The consultation will be one of the tools used to help improve the IPR systems in non-EU countries. It will help the European Commission focus its efforts and resources on the priority countries and on the areas of concern to improve IPR protection and enforcement worldwide.

The results will also let rightholders to be aware of potential risks to their IP when doing business in the priority countries and thus allow them to design business strategies and operations to protect their IP rights.

The questionnaire allows stakeholders to elaborate and provide input for up to 15 non-EU countries of their choice. The deadline for submissions is 26 May 2019.

CLEPA is contributing to the consultation via its Trade Working Group.


Intellectual property rights (IPRs) (such as patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights or geographical indications) enable European inventors, creators and businesses to prevent unauthorized exploitation of their creations, and in return to get compensation for their investment. IPRs also offer guarantees to users (e.g., trademarks and geographical indications identify the origin of the goods concerned)

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Source: European Commission


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