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Enforcement of intellectual property rights

A key element for the smooth functioning of the Internal Market is the stimulation of investment in innovation. In this context an efficient and effectively enforced Intellectual Property infrastructure is necessary.

The Commission’s aim is to adjust this infrastructure such that it allows creators and inventors established in the EU to reap appropriate returns from welfare-enhancing innovation for EU citizens.

Within the EU there are already legal instruments in place, such as the Enforcement Directive, but in order to make them more effective the EU is seeking stronger administrative cooperation between authorities at all levels in the fight against IP infringements.

The European Commission is also developing flanking measures seeking to prevent IP infringing activity from undermining growth and sustainable employment opportunities in the EU.