Thursday, 19 November 2015

EU Observatory survey on cost of IP infringement: can you help?

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property has let it be known that it is currently undertaking a project that is designed to assess the cost of infringement of intellectual property rights to business and government.  Presumably the cost, in this instance, includes the cost of dispute resolution and, in particular, patent infringement litigation.

The Observatory has contracted market research company GfK to carry out a survey on its behalf for this purpos.  The survey itself is a simple questionnaire which is largely comprised of multiple choice questions. It can be accessed here.  It is addressed to a sample comprising the following Member States, in their own language(s): Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The closing date for responding is 4 December 2015, which is not very long away.  If you, your clients or your professional representatives can be persuaded to participate, this would be much appreciated

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