The European Commission in December published its highly anticipated Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List, which names online and physical marketplaces that are reported to engage in piracy and counterfeiting across the world.

The Commission’s goal is to encourage the operators of these marketplaces, local enforcement authorities and governments to take action to crack down on IP abuse, while also raising awareness of the risks of purchasing from such ‘problematic markets’.

This List should help ensure that European companies can operate on a level playing field when trading outside the EU’s borders, and that EU consumers are safe.

Commenting European Commissioner for trade, Cecilia Malmström said: “Intellectual property infringements are a scourge on the European economy, decreasing investment and government revenues, and killing jobs in our creative and innovative industries.”

The Commission plans to regularly update the Watch-List, which can be viewed here.