E.U. IP Bill Clears Parliamentary Committee, Headed For Final Vote

Law360, New York (February 26, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union’s controversial new legal framework for intellectual property enforcement is headed for final approval by mid-March, following months of delays amid protests from consumer advocates and civil-liberties groups.

The European Union’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive was approved by the European Parliament's judicial affairs committee on Monday.

The move clears the way for a debate by the full Parliament on 8 March, followed by a parliamentary vote the next day, and approval by ministers on 11 March.

If approved, member states would have two...
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