EC drafts a Watch-list for the markets of counterfeits outside EUNew countermeasures against counterfeit of goods – is the status quo going to change?

The number of infringement of intellectual property rights is growing every day to reach threatening levels equivalent to $ 461 billion a year.

China remains the country with the largest number of counterfeiting goods, but the names of countries like Belgium and Bulgaria are increasingly associated with this criminal activity, as "helpers" of Turkey in the labeling of counterfeit goods.

Crimes against intellectual property rights have arose a necessity for more specific and restrictive legal regulation in this area. On 29 November 2017, the European Commission, in accordance with the Digital Single Market and Single Market Strategy, adopted the following “package of measures to further improve the application and enforcement of IPRs, and to step up the fight against counterfeit and piracy”. A few months later, on January 22, 2018, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation with the aim of establishing its first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List , containing marketplaces outside the EU.The list aims to strengthen the fight against counterfeiting and piracy on the internet by raising consumer’s awareness of goods and services related to environmental protection, safety of the products and other risks of buying goods from countries which are listed.

The Watch-list contains a description of every listed and located outside the EU market which have a major role in online trading. Opinions and comments should be submitted to the European Commission by interested parties before 31 March 2018. The final publication of the monitoring list is expected in the second half of 2018.

Roza Ivanova

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