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European Lawmakers Tone Down Controversial IP Legislation

Law360 (November 28, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- A committee in the European Parliament agreed Thursday to soften important aspects of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement directive and to take out language covering patent infringements from the legislation.

The legal affairs committee, which will lead the debate on the proposed law when it goes before the whole Parliament for a vote, agreed to restrict enforcement measures to civil law, rather than the more draconian criminal sanctions that the European Commission proposed when it drafted the text in February, ING News reported from Brussels....
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