European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Directive Goes Into Force

Law360, New York (May 20, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Union’s Directive on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, which harmonizes intellectual property rights across the union, went into force Thursday.

Member states must ensure that their national laws comply with the Directive by 30 April 2006, according to the European Commission.

The directive 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...
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