Europe’s draft IP enforcement rules

Ear­li­er this year EU pub­lished its new “draft directive(link to the draft)”: on the enforce­ment of Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty rights. The UK based Foun­da­tion for Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Research tells some very “wor­ry­ing stories(link to FIPR site)”: about the anti-com­pet­i­tive behav­ior the Direc­tive may very soon pro­tect. * ‘DVD Region-style’ mar­ket seg­men­ta­tion for cloth­ing (under­min­ing the Sin­gle Mar­ket)
* Tying com­put­er hard­ware to conumables—e.g. print­ers that will work only with new ink car­tridges from the orig­i­nal manufacturer

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