Africa: EU Plans to Get Tough On IP Infringement Raise Concern

A new European Union plan to tackle “unprecedented levels” of intellectual property infringement by withholding funding from developing countries has been criticised by experts who say it may do more harm than good.

 Released last month (1 July), the strategy updates a 2004 action plan which aimed to promote intellectual property rights (IPR) and combat piracy and counterfeiting. Such activities cost the EU an estimated €8 billion (almost US$10.6 billion) a year.
The revised plan suggests that some developing countries are attempting to grow their economies by gaining access to foreign technology by illegitimate means.

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