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Report on intellectual property right (IPR) infringements targets countries for closer cooperation

In a report published today, the European Commission targets a number of countries for closer cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property Rights enforcement. The report is also a valuable source of information for businesses. Traders and investors can see, where IP rights are infringed, and in which fields.

Commenting on its publication, EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton said: "This report clearly demonstrates that IPR enforcement should remain a key objective for EU trade policy, as it plays a vital role for the competitiveness of our industry and for the EU's economic growth and jobs".

China remains the main target country for combating IPR infringements as 54% of all counterfeit goods seized at EU borders originate from China.

The report also targets certain developed countries, for instance Israel and Canada.


On the basis of the findings, the following list of priority countries has been established. It includes three categories, starting with those countries in which the situation regarding IPR protection and/or enforcement needs to be considerably improved:

  1. China
  2. Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey
  3. Argentina*, Brazil*, Canada, India, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Russia*, Ukraine*, USA, Vietnam.

(The * symbol identifies countries in which substantial improvements have been noted, in the wake of the IPR Dialogues established between them and the Commission. The respective IPR situations will be closely monitored, with a view to reassessing the status of these countries on the basis of the continuation of their progress.) 

Background 

To elaborate the report the European Commission conducted in 2008 a survey with national authorities, right holders, business associations, as well as EU Delegations and Embassies of EU Member States. The Commission also analysed data on counterfeit goods seized by customs at EU borders and assessed the legal systems which are in place in the respective countries.

For about 30 countries, summaries* of the replies received are available on the EU Trade's website. In addition to concerns faced by right holders, these national reports also highlight positive developments, acknowledging the efforts made by several third countries in improving their IPR systems.

* These summaries are exclusively based on the replies received, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.