Participate now in public consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).
In July 2014, the European Commission adopted the Communication 'Towards a renewed consensus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: An EU Action Plan'.
In the Action Plan, the Commission seeks to re-orientate its policy for intellectual property enforcement towards better compliance with intellectual property rights by all economic actors. In terms of IP due diligence, the European Commission developed a proposal for a semi-legislative scheme with voluntary best practices.
As a next step of the process, the Commission has been reviewing the IPR enforcement Directive 2004/48 and exploring what incentives could be proposed to companies who use due diligence.
The public consultation on the enforcement of intellectual property rights is open until April 15, 2016.
SMEs are especially welcome to participate as they will be the main target group in the initiative.
The European Commission is expected to adopt a communication on the development of their proposal for semi-legislative act in the second half of 2016.