About: intellectual property rights

Health 07-07-2010

Counterfeit medicines: A growing health threat

The dangers of fake medicines are due to be addressed in upcoming EU legislation but an international solution may be needed to solve a problem with global implications.
Digital & Media 26-04-2007

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

In the face of the rising counterfeiting and piracy across Europe, the Commission is proposing a historical but controversial Directive that would - for the first time ever - force member states to adjust their penal codes and establish harmonised criminal sanctions against IPR-infringers.

Community Patent

Despite widespread support for the idea of an EU-wide patent that would save companies the cost and effort of having to apply for protection under different national patent regimes, MEPs and member states have been unable to find a system that obtains all around consensus. 
Agrifood 15-01-2001

Patenting Life [Archived]

The European Union assured the legal protection of innovation in the area of biotechnology with Directive 98/44/EC on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions. The Directive established harmonised standards in order to foster the innovative potential and competitiveness of science and industry in the Union. The Directive sets out which inventions involving plants, animals or the human body may or may not be patented. It requires the Member States to allow the patenting, under certain conditions, of inventions which may have an industrial application. The Commission is currently pursuing infringement proceedings against nine Member States for their failure to transpose the Directive into national law by the 30 July 2000 deadline.