The European Commission's public consultation on the protection of intellectual property rights in countries outside the EU ended on May 26. Attached the answer of Businesseurope - also elaborated with the contributions of Confindustria - to the public consultation.
The consultation was opened by European Commission with the aim of gathering information from stakeholders on the state of protection of intellectual property rights in non-EU countries in order to identify the most critical ones and update the list of so-called priority countries towards which targeted strategies and actions are addressed.
Companies were asked some questions about the level of application of the IPR regulation in some non-EU countries, procedural limitations and inefficiencies, problems in the country systems and were asked for suggestions on how best to deal with problems on the EU side.
The countries considered were: China - India - South Africa - Nigeria - Ukraine - USA - Turkey - Mexico - Canada - Switzerland - Russia - Vietnam.