Czech RepublicKnow your IP rights: protecting your business in the Czech Republic

Since 2000, when the Czech Republic began the last stage of the process to join the European Union, every year has seen changes in the field of IP rights. However, after close to a decade of often radical legislative change, there is little IP news to report for 2009 and no major legislative changes are planned for 2010. This is good news not only for lawyers, who can finally put away their textbooks, but also – and most importantly – for those most interested in the IP regime: the companies and individuals seeking to protect their intellectual property. The Czech Republic, which has always had comprehensive IP protection, has now been brought into line with the rest of Europe. Therefore, if a company has experience with an IP regime in one EU member state, the situation in the Czech Republic is likely to be very similar.

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