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During the November I part-session, Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of the EU China agreement on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications (GIs), i.e. distinctive signs attached, mainly, to agri-food products that have a given quality, reputation or other characteristics that are attributable to their specific geographical origin. The agreement adds a new element to the legal framework for EU relations with China that is currently based, in particular ...

On 6 November 2019, the EU and China concluded negotiations on a standalone agreement on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications (GIs), i.e. distinctive signs attached to (mainly) agricultural products that have a given quality, reputation or other characteristics that are attributable to their specific geographic origin. GIs are a type of intellectual property right (IPR) protected at multilateral level under the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights ...

Duševní, průmyslové a obchodní vlastnictví

Fakta a čísla o EU 01-10-2017

Duševním vlastnictvím se rozumí všechna výhradní práva přiznaná na duševní tvůrčí činnost. Dělí se na dvě kategorie: průmyslové vlastnictví, které zahrnuje vynálezy (patenty), ochranné známky, průmyslové vzory a modely a zeměpisná označení; a autorské právo, které zahrnuje literární a umělecká díla. Od roku 2009, kdy vstoupila v platnost Smlouva o fungování Evropské unie, má EU výslovnou pravomoc přijímat předpisy i v oblasti práv duševního vlastnictví (článek 118).

Future of cultural and creative industries

Ve stručnosti 07-12-2016

Cultural and creative industries have the potential to help to alleviate the current economic and employment difficulties in the European Union, and to promote inclusive and sustainable growth as well as innovation. A European Parliament own-initiative report on a coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries is expected to be discussed at the December plenary session.

It is impossible to measure accurately the socio-economic cost of crime. However, the estimates available invariably quote very high figures, which lead to reflection in times of financial crisis and austerity. Numerous organised crime groups are active in the EU, often with cross-border reach and multi-ethnic composition. There is a clear tendency of rigid and hierarchical structures being replaced by loose networks of small and volatile groups. These may be better adapted to the modern world with ...

To fight illicit trade in tobacco products, the European Union and its Member States currently have agreements with the four largest tobacco manufacturers. The European Commission has now proposed that the EU join a new international agreement in this field. The topic is due to be discussed with the Commission during the May I plenary session.

EU legislation on human medicines goes back 50 years. Its twofold aim is to safeguard public health without hindering development of the European pharmaceutical industry or trade in medicinal products. The regulatory framework is complex and covers the entire lifecycle of a medicine, from manufacture, to clinical trials, to marketing authorisation, to pharmacovigilance and patient information. Added to that, the principles of good manufacturing, distribution and pharmacovigilance practice contribute ...

Trademark reform package

Ve stručnosti 20-02-2014

For more than 15 years there has been a dual system of trademark law in Europe: an EU-wide Community trademark, and harmonised national trademarks. The Commission proposal aims at more harmonisation and coordination, but does not address trademark-related concerns over free expression. The Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has put forward numerous amendments, in particular explicitly allowing to use trademarks for purposes of parody, artistic expression, crticism or comment, as well as for offering ...

The ACTA was motivated by a desire to establish equivalent provisions in international trade agreements containing rules on anti-counterfeiting. This is important at a time when free trade agreements are being negotiated by different parties. For the European Union it is also of importance to protect EU intellectual property rights (IPR) as future EU competitiveness depends on its ability to move into higher value added activities such as those for which IPRs are important. At the same time international ...

The Pharmaceutical Package in this document refers to the initiatives taken by the European Commission under the "Communication on the future of the single market in pharmaceuticals for human use", setting out the EC's vision for the sector. It comprises three pieces of legislation put forward to the European Parliament on different aspects of medicinal products. The proposals cover: information to patients on prescription medicines, pharmacovigilance, and patient safety and falsified medicines. ...