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Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

23 October 2017

We have recently become aware that there are negotiations taking place on the draft Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. The current draft from February 2017 can be found here.

There is an on-going debate as to whether, if the proposed draft proceeds, it should include intellectual property within its scope (which would mean that IP judgments from participating states would become enforceable internationally, at least in certain circumstances). As can be seen from the EU negotiators’ view of the place of IP in this Convention, they favour the inclusion of IP.

We have had meetings in each of the last three weeks with the EU and others on this topic. As a result of these meetings we have produced a policy paper. For the reasons set out in the paper, the IP Federation believes that all intellectual property rights should be excluded from the scope of the convention.

For full details, click HERE.

To see all our policy papers, click HERE.



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