European IP bulletin — December 2012
In this issue (inter alia): European Commission to review misleading and comparative advertising directive; Information Commissioner’s office publishes report on enforcement of new cookie rules; Scrabble tile trade mark declared invalid.
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In a speech delivered at the College of Europe in Bruges on 14 January 2013, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Commissioner responsible for Competition, stated that the Commission hopes to settle around half of its outstanding cartel investigations in 2013, using the settlement procedure instituted in July 2008.
On 24 January 2013, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee of the European Parliament endorsed a new Regulation setting out customs procedures for goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights.