The 10 new member states joining the EU on 1 May will challenge the intellectual property community and rights holders in the existing EU member states. Andrea Jaegar-Lenz and Mark Robinson look at the implications
From 1 May, 2004, 10 new member states will join the European Union (EU): Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. This largest ever extension of the EU will represent a significant challenge to the intellectual property (IP) community and rights holders in the existing EU member states.
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