The EU’s Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have formally signed an agreement to further increase cooperation in fighting infringements of intellectual property rights.

Both have been collaborating since 2013 on a range of different topics. Since 2016, the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3) exists as a specialist unit within Europol, but is funded by the EUIPO.

The unit has coordinated and supported cross-border operations aimed at tackling IP crime across the EU in all relevant sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food and drinks, pesticides, counterfeit luxury goods, clothing, electronics, car parts, toys and illegal streaming. In total, counterfeit goods valued over EUR 980 million have been seized.