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Reviewed 30 November 2008

Proposed EU Directive on criminal measures aimed at ensuring the enforcement of intellectual property rights

The European Parliament (EP) has now adopted its report on the above proposal External Link and we expect the Council discussions of the proposal to resume at expert level in June or later this year. It would be helpful to have any comments on the EP’s report ahead of these discussions (ie. end of May).

We have a number of concerns with this proposal regarding the Commission’s competence to harmonise criminal sanctions (see "The Criminal Law Competence of the EC: follow-up report External Link") and the general scope of the proposal (the EP recommend the exclusion of patents). The proposal has been considered by the UK parliament PDF document(137Kb), but it is held under scrutiny pending further information/ discussion.

We will copy any comments received onto our Ministry of Justice (previously the Home Office), who will lead the discussions at expert level.

Stakeholder meeting

We’ve agreed with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice that we will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss recent developments (i.e. publication of the European Parliament’s report and resumption of discussions in the Council Working Group).

We will hold this meeting at 11:00 on Tuesday 26 June at the Home Office building (2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF).

If you wish to attend this meeting, please e-mail policy@ipo.gov.uk with your name and contact details, including the company or organisation you represent.