Edited by Josef Drexl and Anselm Kamperman Sanders
Chapter 7: The European foreign policy for intellectual property enforcement
Two key policy documents depict and organise the activities of the European Union aimed at ensuring the enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries: the 2004 and 2014 so-called strategies for the enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries. This chapter introduces the content of both documents and assesses the main changes produced between 2004 and 2014. It holds that the changes introduced in the 2014 Strategy represent a good assessment of the past decade and the interests at stake, particularly those of a social nature. However, the European Union activity does not seem to be fully coherent with what is announced in the 2014 Strategy. This finding mainly results from the analysis of the preferential trade agreements concluded by the European Union between 2014 and 2017, but also from the economic estimates, methodologies and background described in the 2014 Strategy.
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