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IP2I shares feedback on the Commission’s roadmap for the IP Action Plan

IP2Innovate has responded to the request for feedback on the upcoming European Commission’s Intellectual Property Action Plan.

We share the Commission’s view that “well-calibrated and balanced IP policies can […] boost Europe’s industrial competitiveness” and get the EU back “on track towards economic recovery” from the Covid-19 outbreak crisis. We applaud, in particular, the Commission’s commitment in the roadmap to “continue to monitor the application of the IPR Enforcement Directive to ensure it is effective and balanced, particularly on injunctions.”

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