European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property
BASCAP has a close working relationship with the European Observatory. This relationship has given BASCAP the opportunity to work with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and provide input in the stakeholder consultation process, where it has flagged up consumer awareness of IP issues as a top priority.
BASCAP has worked closely with the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights since it was created by the European Commission in 2009 as the Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy. As a result of this close partnership with the Observatory, BASCAP members are actively engaged in Observatory Expert Working Groups (Statistics, Legal and Public Awareness, Enforcement/Training, IP in Digital World), participates regularly in stakeholder consultations to provide input to OHIM on the future mission, objectives and work programme of the Observatory. Most recently, BASCAP participated in the Observatory Plenary meeting on 28-29 October and provided written comments on the draft 2014 Work Programme and a new Multiannual Plan (2014-2018).