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2016 Survey on IPR protection and enforcement in 3rd countries

  • Policy field: Trade
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 16/06/2016

Objective of the consultation

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, on behalf of the European Commission (DG Trade), is launching the bi-annual survey of EU entities with an interest in the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. Similar surveys had been carried out by DG Trade in the past, most recently in 2014 and the results were used to develop DG Trade list of IPR "priority countries".

The purpose of the survey is to gather information, from those involved and interested, in order to build up a picture of the reality of IPR protection and enforcement in various third countries. This information will be collated by the Observatory and transmitted to DG Trade.

DG Trade will then be in a position to use the information, together with what it has gathered from other sources, in compiling analyses of the situation in the various third countries. It will put this information to use in compiling its own reports on the general IPR enforcement scene in third countries, the situation in individual countries and provide assistance in preparation for negotiation and discussion with these countries.

The survey will be one of the tools used to help improve the IPR enforcement scene in third countries. It is thus important to all EU entities with an interest in this subject.

You are encouraged to complete this online survey in respect of each country where you have an interest and knowledge. You are also invited to forward it to any other person or entity who might be interested in completing the survey. It is available from 14 March to 16 June 2016 at:

The survey can only be completed online. The format and content of the survey has been shortened and simplified. There are fewer questions than before but more opportunity to provide written comments.

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