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European Parliament Pulls Vote On IPR Directive

Law360 (February 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Amid mounting controversy over the European Union’s tough new framework for intellectual property rights enforcement, the European Parliament Monday surprisingly pulled a vote on the directive from its plenary agenda.

The European Union’s legislative body reportedly withdrew the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement directive from the agenda to buy the Irish Presidency more time to secure a majority within a divided Council of Ministers.

The Council is divided over some key aspects of the directive such as its scope and the criminal sanctions that are to be...
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