This section aims to advance public understanding of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and their infringement through economic studies, statistical analysis and different useful links and resources.
All these resources may be helpful for municipalities and partner organisations when designing and implementing activities in their cities as well as for awareness-raising on the serious damage caused by counterfeiting and pirated products.
This trilogy of studies focuses on the contribution of intellectual property (IP) to the economy and job creation, how it is perceived by citizens, notably by young people and businesses, and the damage caused by its infringement.
All studies undertaken by the EU Observatory and its partners cover economic studies, market research analysis, intelligence on infringing business models as well as threat assessments on counterfeiting and piracy.
There is a full research catalogue of studies and publications from public and private sector partners of the EU Observatory, including publications on a wide range of intellectual property topics.
Click on any one of the EU Member States of this map of the EU for interesting facts and figures on intellectual property.
The European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) brings together national and regional IP offices of the EU, the EUIPO, international partners, and users of the IP system to build a stronger IP network in the EU.
The EUIPN has created a number of tools to facilitate trade mark and design registration workflows, with functionalities ranging from powerful search engines for trade marks and designs and for their classification, to entire front office and back office systems used by the EU IP offices.
In addition, the EUIPN has created a number of common practices to ensure that trade mark and design registration, as well as examination, is consistent across national and regional IP offices of the EU and beyond.
Ideas Powered is an initiative that raises awareness about the value of IP and the importance of respecting it. Its main objective is to share with young Europeans – directly at youth events or online through social media – how IP affects their life and how it can be used to protect and boost their creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
In 2018 the Education Council of the European Union gave recommendations to include IP and IP-related matters in the key competences that Europeans should acquire throughout their education, and in its conclusions, the Council also recognised the work of the EUIPO in this area.
The main tool for the EUIPO to help translate these recommendations into action at national level is to work directly with the Ministries of Education and IP offices of the EU as a part of the IP in Education Network. This network, covering the whole EU, meets regularly and support activities aiming at bringing IP closer to classrooms, notably by providing dedicated IP training, resources and events for teachers and exchanging best practices in curricula reforms.
Working directly with the IP in Education Network, the EUIPO aims to promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship together with responsible digital engagement among young Europeans.
A rich collection of educational materials created through various projects in different countries, are freely available for use by anyone interested.
The EUIPO is committed to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU. The Ideas Powered for Business hub is the EUIPO’s one-stop shop for all SME services, where businesses can take the fastest route to register trade marks and designs, request free intellectual property support and access more information and specific training on intellectual property.
As part of this initiative, a EUR 20 million Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund has been established in cooperation with the European Commission and Member State IP offices to offer financial support in the form of reimbursements for trade mark and design application fees as well as for IP pre-diagnostic services (IP Scan), up to a maximum amount of EUR 1 500 per business.
The IP Enforcement Portal is an interactive, reliable and user-friendly tool for IPR enforcement in the EU. The portal serves as a secure communication tool between rights holders (and/or their legal representatives), EU enforcement authorities (customs and police), the European Commission and its EU delegations around the world. The IP Enforcement Portal (IPEP) was created by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights as part of its mandate from Regulation (EU) 386/2012. The tool is multilingual and free-of-charge.
In IPEP, rights holders can protect their products against counterfeiting:
- by sharing information on their products, IP rights and contact data with EU enforcement authorities;
- by reporting IPR infringement cases in third countries to the European Commission (Directorate General for Trade);
- by filing and extending customs’ Applications for Action (AFA) electronically.