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Archived updates for Thursday, October 12, 2006

China Accounts for Two-Thirds of EU Counterfeits

On October 5, 2006, the European Commission published the results of a survey of EU businesses on their experience with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement outside the EU in 2005. The survey identifies China as the main priority for EU efforts in the fight against counterfeiting, accounting for two thirds of all counterfeit goods seized entering the EU. Secondary priorities are identified as Russia, the Ukraine, Chile and Turkey.

According to their introductory website, the "survey results send a message of concern and signal the EU’s firm resolve to tackle it. The European Union is ready to help key third countries in improving their act; but will not accept systematic and large scale infringements of the rights of EU industry."

Read the full survey results
Read more on IPR Enforcement - Priority Countries
Read Professor Michael Blakeney's Guidebook on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights for "assisting the developing and least developed countries’ public authorities in their efforts to comply with their obligations under Part III of the TRIPs Agreement to put into place systems and procedures for the effective enforcement of intellectual property rights."
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