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IP/09/528

Brussels, 2nd April 2009

High Level Conference on Counterfeiting and Piracy

(see MEMO/09/146)

Today, at the second High Level Conference on Counterfeiting and Piracy, Internal Market and Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, together with Members of the European Parliament, will launch a European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy. By enhancing cooperation across the EU, the Observatory will be at the forefront in the fight against fake goods

Internal Market and Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said: "In the fight against IPR crime our challenge is to complement the legal framework with strategies designed to make an impact on the ground. I am deeply convinced that the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy gives us this start".

The launch of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy answers the urgent need for a better targeted and more focused enforcement of intellectual property rights. It will be a platform that is to collect data, raise awareness, facilitate dialogue, exchange views and share best practices in enforcing intellectual property rights between business and national authorities.

The Conference takes place in the Concert Noble, Rue d'Arlon 82, Brussels.

The conference programme and more information on the fight against counterfeiting and piracy are available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/iprenforcement

Background

Counterfeiting and piracy, or the infringement of intellectual property rights such as copyright, trade marks, designs or patents, is becoming an alarming problem for our economy and society. Counterfeiting and piracy have devastating effects on the economy, including job creation and the health and safety of the citizens. A 2005 study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimated that global trade in fake goods represented 200 billion USD.[1]


[1] OECD, Economic Impact of Counterfeiting and Piracy (http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/13/12/38707619.pdf)


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