An effective system to manage and protect intellectual property rights (IPR) is essential for fostering innovation, growth and competitiveness in the Single Market. On May 2011 the European Commission adopted a wide-ranging strategy on IPR. This strategy sets out a blueprint for a number of initiatives the Commission intends to take between now and 2012 in various areas, including patents, trade marks, geographical indications, copyright licensing and digital libraries. Here to read more. A provisional version of the Commission Communication about “A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights” is available here.