The three authors' vastly detailed, article-by-article analysis of the fortunes of the IP Enforcement Directive in three EU jurisdictions offers enormously valuable insights into the complex ways Member States respond to Community law, and in so doing provides an important addition to the ongoing inquiry into the nature of the reciprocal tensions between EU law (both judicial and legislative) and the laws of Member States. More than once, the authors argue that implementation is inadequate, either because the pre-existing legislation constitutes inadequate legislation or because the specifically adopted legislation proves to be legally uncertain. Drawing on the tenor of ECJ law that national procedural rules should not present an obstacle to adequate judicial protection, the authors examine the available options for an interpretation of national law which is consistent with the requirements of the IP Enforcement Directive. They further consider whether an eventual claimant, who has suffered loss and damage caused by either the non-implementation or the incorrect implementation the Directive, may bring an action against the State for breach of Community law. The authors present their analyses of the implementation of the Directive in Dutch, English and German national procedure as three separate cases rather than comparatively, as any attempt to compare either the method of national implementation or the degree of adequacy or inadequacy inevitably obscures the essential particularities of each of the three national systems in relation to the Directive. Although this book will repay the study of anyone interested in European law, it will be of special value to practitioners andpolicymakers engaged in intellectual property law, particularly in EU Member States.
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