Action Plan on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Communication)

The Commission wants to improve the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Intellectual property rights, e.g. patents and trademarks, ensure that companies, inventors and creators are able to obtain a return on their investment, inventions and work. In order to improve the enforcement of these rights, the Commission, together with the "European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights", is planning ten non-legislative measures to prevent commercial scale infringements of intellectual property rights.


Due diligence obligations for monitoring the supply chain may reduce the import of illegal products but also increase – possibly significantly – the bureaucratic burden; on this basis, they are only appropriate in exceptional cases. Agreements between rights holders and advertising and payment service providers aimed at blocking their services to providers of unlawful content, as well as a mandatory chargeback scheme, may reduce the number of IP infringements on the internet.