On May 24 the European Commission made a commitment to create a single market for intellectual property rights.
Since the earliest efforts in post-World War II Europe to create a single common market, the free movement of people, goods, capital and services has been one of the most important fundamental building blocks to the achievement of that goal. However, the several treaties that have been negotiated among the member states, have always reserved to the member states the jurisdiction to control the creation and enforcement of IPR, particularly patents.
The Commission has a strategic vision for a single IP market, which is currently fragmented among the EU member states. According to the Commission, creation of a single market for intellectual property rights (IPR) would act as a catalyst to boost creativity, innovation, and economic growth.
The Commission communication and the initiatives it contemplates cover all IP rights, such as patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets, as well as initiatives in the area of IPR enforcement.