EuropeUsing Community design rights to protect creativity

Historically, IP rights have been obtained and enforced nationally. However, economic cooperation and closer integration between EU member states have led to increasing harmonisation of national IP laws. The EU authorities have begun to develop a common approach towards IP rights throughout Europe. In addition, there are EU-level tools of protection, such as the Community trademark and the Community design, which allow rights holders to benefit from a single right enforceable in all EU member states, through one application and one administrative process.

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