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Constructing European Intellectual Property

Constructing European Intellectual Property

Achievements and New Perspectives

European Intellectual Property Institutes Network series

Edited by Christophe Geiger

This detailed study presents various perspectives on what further actions are necessary to provide the circumstances and tools for the construction of a truly balanced European intellectual property system. The book takes as its starting point that the ultimate aim of such a system should be to ensure sustainable and innovation-based economic growth while enhancing free circulation of ideas and cultural expressions. Being the first in the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) series, this book lays down some concrete foundations for a deeper understanding of European intellectual property law and its complex interplay with other fields of jurisprudence as well as its impact on a broad array of spheres of social interaction. In so doing, it provides a well needed platform for further research.

Chapter 18: IP enforcement in Europe: acquis and future plans

Jacques Raynard

Subjects: law - academic, european law, intellectual property law


The action taken by the European Community in the field of intellectual property has focused mainly on the harmonization of national substantive law and the creation of a unitary right at Community level. Certain national intellectual property rights, such as trademarks, designs, patents for biotechnological inventions and certain aspects of copyright and related rights, have been harmonized. The Community has also created some unitary rights at Community level such as the Community trademark and, more recently, Community designs. Discussions are also under way with regard to creating a European Union patent, but I must confess I feel somewhat bewildered on this last topic.

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