About: intellectual property rights

Agrifood 25-07-2018

EU judges tell KitKat to take a break

The European Court of Justice has decided that the iconic four-fingered design of Nestlé’s KitKat chocolate bar might not be entitled to protection under the EU’s intellectual property protection scheme and ordered a review of the trademark.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2018

EU-China summit boosts negotiations towards an investment agreement

The European Union and China agreed to enhance market access and investment and to speed up negotiations over geographical indications during a leaders’ summit in Beijing on Monday (16 July). But EU leaders indicated they wanted to see China's promises translated into action.
EU-China 06-07-2018

Success of EU-China summit in the air as trade differences remain

The EU and China are speeding up preparatory work for their bilateral summit in Beijing in mid-July. The two sides are trying to agree on a joint position despite differences on trade issues including subsidies and market access.
Health 03-07-2018

EFPIA President: Next EU Commission should prioritise competitiveness in pharma innovation

The next European Commission should focus on the bloc’s role in the global context of innovation, as China is “decisive” about creating a reliable framework for intellectual property and connecting biotech start-ups and digital companies, EFPIA’s President Stefan Oschmann told EURACTIV.com in an interview.  
Digital 15-06-2018

Copyright in the EU must balance interests of content creator and recipient

The copyright reform proposed by the European Commission will hinder work on artificial intelligence, harm smaller entities on the internet and simply make life more difficult for Internet users, argues Michał Kanownik in an interview with EURACTIV Poland.
EU-China 01-06-2018

EU and China pledge to deepen relationship despite trade tensions

The EU and China said on Friday (1 June) they would expand trade and investment cooperation amid the global trade dispute triggered by US tariffs. But as part of the efforts to address outstanding trade disputes, Europe will present a complaint before the World Trade Organisation against China’s intellectual property practices.
ASEAN 05-04-2018

EU launches project against counterfeiting in Southeast Asia

The European Union has put forward a project to strengthen intellectual and industrial property rights in all ASEAN countries. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
EU-China 04-04-2018

EU considering taking China to WTO over IP practices

The European Commission is “closely examining” the option of filing complaints against China before the World Trade Organization for their rules and practices on intellectual property, a spokesperson told EURACTIV on Wednesday (4 April).
Health 27-03-2018

WHO urged to end ‘ineffective’ tobacco plain packaging

The removal of brands from packaging is a "gross violation" of intellectual property rights and has failed to achieve its intended goals, the Property Rights Alliance argues in a letter to the World Health Organisation.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2018

EU judges disapprove of Crocs design

The design of Crocs, an opinion-dividing American line of footwear, is no longer valid in the European Union, after the bloc’s top court backed a decision by the EU’s intellectual property office to nullify it, citing a lack of “novelty”.
Health 29-01-2018

Health expert: Europe should not put its dominant pharma innovation at risk

The European Union should not create an environment more favourable to generics compared to the innovative pharmaceuticals, as it risks weakening Europe’s overall global strength in pharmaceuticals and in research, Professor Adrian Towse told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 07-12-2017

Celgene boss: Chronic diseases will bankrupt Europe if incentives are dropped

Alzheimers, diabetes, cancer and other non-communicable diseases will bankrupt Europe if we don’t keep the incentive frameworks alive and well, Mark Alles told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 13-10-2017

New Commission study fuels generic drugs industry ‘manufacturing dispute’

The European Commission launched on Thursday (12 October) a public consultation on supplementary protection certificates for pharmaceutical products and the so-called Bolar patent research exemption.
Health 10-10-2017

Andriukaitis: Supporting drug innovation is ‘the only way’

Backing innovation in the pharmaceutical market and developing new evidence-based economic models is the only way forward for future healthcare, according to EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.
Digital 18-09-2017

Silicon Valley giants want to smash standards and grab internet of things

An internet of things based on shared open standards is under threat from Silicon Valley. And EU policymakers could stop them, writes Francisco Mingorance.
Economy & Jobs 22-08-2017

EU and US get tough on China trade

Both Brussels and Washington are taking steps to force China to tackle obstacles to foreign investment and the long-standing issue of intellectual property theft, writes Fraser Cameron.

Not out yet, Britain backs EU patent court

Britain pleased and surprised some of its European Union partners on Monday by pledging to ratify a new, unified patent system for the bloc even though London is about to leave the EU.

Knowledge is capital for Europe’s future

Europe’s strength is its skilled workforce and professional expertise. To ensure its future as a major economy, Europe needs to combine entrepreneurship with an increased focus on knowledge capital, write Nima Sanandaji and Per Strömbäck.
Health 29-09-2016

Fake drugs cost EU billions of euros, its health and its jobs

Counterfeit drugs are not only hazardous to health, they cost people their jobs too, a new EU study has revealed. But Germans in particular are willing to take risks. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Trade Secrets Directive creates excessive secrecy and must be rejected

The schemed Directive on “Trade Secrets Protection” is meant to repress industrial espionage, but applies to the whole of society legal remedies that should only apply to businesses, writes a broad coalition of journalists, lawyers, scientists, unions and associations.

190 tonnes of illegal pesticides seized by Europol

Around 190 tonnes of illegal pesticides have been discovered at airports and harbours in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain, Europol on Friday (18 December). EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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Agrifood 27-05-2015

Mexican Tequila, French Roquefort: Food origins get new protection at WIPO

Mexican Tequila, Italian Parmigiano and French Roquefort - celebrated food products like these, rooted in their geographical origin, will now have more protection from international rivals after talks concluded at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva.
Trade & Society 11-03-2015

Trade Secrets Directive: Don’t overlook enforcement!

The latest draft version of the Trade Secrets Directive currently being discussed in the European Parliament poses some serious enforcement issues, writes Jan-Diederik Lindemans. Little to no attention has been given to the costs of litigation, he warns.
Digital 16-12-2014

Audiovisual sector feels threatened by copyright reform

Copyright reform is high on the European Commission's list of priorities for 2015, much to the indignation of the audiovisual sector, which is resisting the proposed changes. EURACTIV France reports