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European design protection regulation presented to Council

A proposal to encourage innovation and help to prevent counterfeiting and piracy by providing protection for industrial designs throughout the European Union has been presented to the Council by Commissioner Mario Monti.

The proposal would provide for a single, simple and ine...
A proposal to encourage innovation and help to prevent counterfeiting and piracy by providing protection for industrial designs throughout the European Union has been presented to the Council by Commissioner Mario Monti.

The proposal would provide for a single, simple and inexpensive procedure to protect industrial designs throughout the European Union, following registration with the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market. This EU system would operate in tandem with the harmonised national rules on design protection, the subject of a Directive adopted in October 1998, to qualify for protection in all fifteen Member States. The proposal amends an earlier Commission proposal dating from 1993, which has not been adopted.

The Commission believes that the Regulation will avoid potential conflict stemming from the existence of exclusive rights in one Member State but not in another.
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