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Monday, 10 June 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Customs enforcement of intellectual property rights (debate)

  Amelia Andersdotter (Verts/ALE). - Mr President, the situation on the European market today is such that a small group of market activists can abuse injunctions to completely block competition on all European markets by exercising intellectual property rights on only one or two markets. Member States which control harbours or large end-consumer markets get a disproportionate amount of power over what happens to all European consumers. We tried to solve this with the unitary patent, but the forum shopping risk is still inherent in that system. So now we will be passing new legislation on customs enforcement of intellectual property rights, but the injunction issue remains unsolved.

We know about the mobile phone wars and we also know that original car part manufacturers have been fighting with spare part manufacturers for a good many years. I would like to propose to this House that we just get rid of injunctions. They do no good. While we are at it, we could also consider the global exhaustion problem. Why are we not implementing global exhaustion? It has been proven, for instance, in New Zealand that this is beneficial to consumers, particularly in the copyright field. I believe the European Union should be a market place for all, and particularly for consumers and SMEs…

(The President cut off the speaker)

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