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News article24 May 2023European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency

EC Publishes: Report on Intellectual Property Rights in Third Countries

The Commission recently published its biennial Report on the “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries” which identifies so-called ‘priority countries’ in which the state of IPR protection and enforcement is a source of major concern.

In order to improve IPR protection and enforcement globally, the Commission will concentrate its efforts and resources on the particular areas of concern in these countries as a result of the outcomes. The results will also help right holders, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), become aware of potential risks to their intellectual property (IP) when doing business in priority countries. It is also a valuable resource for authorities in third countries.

 According to the report findings, China remains the top priority country for the EU, whereas India and Türkiye continue to be priority 2 countries. Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Thailand are still priority 3 countries.

The full report can be downloaded here:
Report on the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries