On 30 November 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation to assess the efficiency and accessibility of civil enforcement measures for intellectual property (IP) rights in the EU Member States.  Notably, the survey asks a number of questions on the use of injunctions and other enforcement measures for “frivolous and/or anticompetitive purposes.”

As part of the European Commission’s continued policy-making efforts to improve the EU’s legal framework for IP enforcement, this survey aims to collect information that will help the Commission to understand the IP protection landscape and to identify appropriate ‘complementary work streams’.  The questionnaire asks for input on issues including the costs and duration of IP infringement proceedings, the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, the ability to obtain information on alleged infringers, measures against indirect infringers and damages.
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