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Observatory survey on the cost of infringement: please help!

Our good friends in the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property have let it be known that they are undertaking a project that is designed to assess the cost of infringement of intellectual property rights to business and government.

The Observatory has contracted GfK (could that be a rebranded version of Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung, we wonder) to carry out a survey on its behalf for this purpose -- and the information that they want to gather cannot be obtained without YOUR participation. What's more, this information is crucial to providing the evidence for policy makers to take the proper decisions.

The survey itself is a simple questionnaire which is largely comprised of multiple choice questions. It can be accessed here.  It is addressed to a sample comprising the following Member States, in their own language(s): Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The closing date for responding is 4 December 2015, which is not very long away.  Do please participate!

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Submitted By: Vincent O'Reilly
19 November 2015 @ 07.33
Many thanks to MARQUES for this publicity. Vincent O'reilly Observatory
Submitted By: Richard Gallafent
23 November 2015 @ 08.40
Following the note about the observatory, and the GfK survey, and thinking I might have something to contribute, I duly clicked on the link, to find that this advised that on being provided with an email address, an email would be sent. I provided the email address. The email came. I clicked on the link on the email and was taken to the survey. The first question was along the lines of how many people work in your organisation, with four possible bands. The first was "1 to 9" so I clicked on the adjacent button. To my extreme surprise this resulted in an immediate message along the lines that I did not meet their target group for the survey! Leaving aside the irritation caused by the waste of time, there was no indication of what the target group was. More imponderably, does this mean that the survey will inevitably fail to pick up large quantities of valuable information from those who have it, such as SMEs, sole or small practitioners, academics, consultants and the like? If so, what confidence can one have in the outcome?

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