Jennifer Baker is joined by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of theEuropean Commission, to discuss European Commission actions to better protect and enforce intellectual property rights.

On Tuesday 1 July the European Commission adopted two communications: an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights in the European Union and a Strategy for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries. According to Ahrenkilde Hansen, around 39 percent of the EU’s GDP is covered by intellectual property rights intensive industries. As Europe’s economy increasingly relies on knowledge-based sectors, better IPR protection is crucial, claims the spokeswoman of the European Commission.