2004 - Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

The Directive requires all Member States to apply effective, dissuasive and proportionate remedies and penalties against those engaged in counterfeiting and piracy. It means that all Member States now have a similar set of measures, procedures and remedies available for rightsholders to defend their intellectual property rights (be they copyright or related rights, trademarks, patents, designs, etc.) if they are infringed.

The legislative text: 2004/48/EC.