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Friday, 27 June 2008

Europe talks Turkey over SPCs

The fifth session of the European Union's Accession Conference with Turkey at ministerial level was held earlier this month in Luxembourg. The Conference, initiated in October 2005, opened negotiations on two further new chapters, one of which was Chapter 7 ("Intellectual property law").

The European Commission has closely examined Turkey's general state of preparedness in IP. Taking into account Turkey's present state of preparations, and in line with the Council conclusions on 11 December 2006, the EU emphasised that Turkey must complete its alignment with the Community acquis concerning Community-wide exhaustion of rights and the introduction of supplementary protection certificates, ensuring that these rights will be implemented by the date of accession [source: ABHaber.com]

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