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The European Commission is holding a public consultation which aims at identifying online and physical marketplaces located outside the European Union (EU) that are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringements, in particular piracy and counterfeiting.
These infringements undermine the EU’s competitive advantages in innovation and creativity to the detriment of EU citizens and pose significant risks to consumer health and safety as well as to the environment. Besides, these could also seriously harm European business trading outside the EU.
The Commission is requesting written contributions from stakeholders identifying marketplaces that should be included in the ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ for 2020. Marketplace operators and service providers appearing in the ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ of 2018 are also invited to submit written contributions in which they present the actions they have taken to address Intellectual Property (IP) infringements on their platforms or while providing their services.
In response to the consultation, the Commission is planning to publish an update to the list towards the end of 2020 and will monitor measures and actions taken by local authorities and other relevant stakeholders. More information can be found on the Commission’s website.
The consultation is open until 12 May 2020. Whilst CTPA will not submit its own comments to the consultation, we are liaising with the relevant stakeholders for input and we will keep our members updated.