Commissioner Šemeta welcomes EP vote on Intellectual Property Rights Regulation

EU_logoBrussels, 11 June 2013

I welcome today’s vote from the European Parliament on the new Regulation on the customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
Innovation and creativity are the engines of our economy.
It is important to give inventors the certainty that the fruits
of their creations will be protected.
Customs’ unique position at the border plays a crucial role in stopping pirated goods from
reaching the EU market. The enforcement of intellectual property rights by customs is
therefore a top priority for the Commission. Today’s vote sets the gold standard at
international level in IPR protection by customs and safeguards the competitiveness of EU
businesses for years to come. With the new rules, we are extending the scope of IPR that
can be legitimately controlled and protected at the borders. For example, counterfeit
goods sent in small consignments are now covered, which is important if we consider the
huge rise in postal traffic due to internet sales in recent years. And fake products carrying
the sign of a well-known trade mark will also be blocked. This will keep the EU at the
forefront of border enforcement of IPR, while also simplifying the work of customs and
enshrining in law the rights of traders and of right holders.

Source: European Commission

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