DIRECTIVE 2004/48/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights
This directive provides a minimum set of measures, procedures and remedies allowing effective civil enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) across the EU, ensuring standardised level of protection throughout the internal market. In 2017, the European Commission adopted a package of measures to further improve the application and enforcement of IPR and the fight against counterfeiting and piracy. In particular, it published a Guidance Communication clarifying the rules set out in this directive where there have been differing interpretations in EU countries. The measures follow an 10-point action plan for enforcing IPR in the EU set out by the Commission in 2014.