European Union Clears IP Enforcement Directive

Law360, New York (April 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Union’s Council of Ministers has given the final seal of approval to the controversial Directive on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, which includes procedures covering evidence and the protection of evidence and provisional measures such as injunctions and seizure.

The Directive, approved by the European Parliament in March after intense debate, covers infringements of intellectual property rights provided under both community law and the national law of the member states.

The text, supported by a majority of members of the European Parliament at...
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