William Kingston ‘ Intellectual Property in the Lisbon Treaty’ in European Intellectual Property Review, 30, (11), 2008, pp 439 - 443
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Article 118 of the Lisbon Treaty empowers Brussels to set up "centralised Union-wide authorisation, co-ordination and supervision arrangements" to provide "uniform intellectual property rights protection throughout the Union". The consequences for European innovation can only be negative, since the example of similar centralisation in the United States shows that it cannot deliver appropriate protection for diverse and new kinds of information.
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