The European Commission has recently published their second Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List. The Watch list names websites, e-commerce platforms, online pharmacies and physical marketplaces outside the EU that are reported to engage in, facilitate or benefit from counterfeiting and piracy.
The main objectives of this publication are on the one hand, to encourage operators and intermediaries of these marketplaces to refrain from participating in IP infringing trade, but also to raise awareness among EU citizens on the risk of purchasing counterfeit goods.
The list was created in cooperation with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and Europol. Through a public consultation, over 70 brand owners, copyright holders and other organisations reported the illicit activities of several marketplaces from across the globe.