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Code of Economic Law (updated on April 21, 2022), Belgium

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Year of Version 2022 Dates Amended up to: May 1, 2022 Entry into force: December 12, 2013 Promulgated: February 28, 2013 Type of Text Main IP Laws   Subject Matter Patents (Inventions), Industrial Designs, Trademarks, Geographical Indications, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets), Plant Variety Protection, Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights) Subject Matter (secondary) Competition, Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Domain Names, Genetic Resources, IP Regulatory Body Notes This consolidated version of the Code of Economic Law updated on April 21, 2022 takes into account amendments up to the "Law of April 1, 2022, on the Transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/789 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and amending Council Directive 93/83/EEC", which was published in the Belgian Official Gazette (Moniteur Belge) on April 21, 2022, and entered into force on May 1, 2022. Book XI (Title I to X) of this consolidated version of the Code of Economic Law provides for the legal framework for all types of intellecutual property rights and trade secrets.

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Related Legislation Implements (27 text(s)) Implements (27 text(s))
Directive (EU) 2019/789 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and amending Council Directive 93/83/EEC (EU241)
Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (EU230)
Directive (EU) 2017/1564 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 September 2017 on certain permitted uses of certain works and other subject matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled and amending Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (EU228)
Directive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (EU218)
Directive 2014/26/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market (EU193)
Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use (EU173)
Directive No. 2012/28/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on Certain Permitted Uses of Orphan Works (EU169)
Directive No. 2006/116/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on the Term of Protection of Copyright and Certain Related Rights (codified version) (EU108)
Directive 2006/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on rental right and lending right and on certain rights related to copyright in the field of intellectual property (codified version) (EU071)
Directive No. 2006/114/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 concerning misleading and comparative advertising (codified version) (EU132)
Directive 2005/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2005 concerning unfair business-to-consumer commercial practices in the internal market and amending Council Directive 84/450/EEC, Directives 97/7/EC, 98/27/EC and 2002/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EC) No. 2006/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council (‘Unfair Commercial Practices Directive’) (EU131)
Directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (EU053)
Regulation (EC) No. 2006/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws (EU130)
Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (EU049)
Directive 2001/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 September 2001 on the resale right for the benefit of the author of an original work of art (EU087)
Directive No. 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market (Directive on electronic commerce) (EU107)
Directive 98/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 1998 on the legal protection of services based on, or consisting of, conditional access. (EU155)
Directive No. 96/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 11 March 1996 on the legal protection of databases (EU005)
Directive No. 98/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 1998 on the Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions (EU036)
Directive No. 98/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 on the protection of consumers (EU044)
Directive No. 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (EU188)
Council Directive 93/83/EEC of 27 September 1993 on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission (EU171)
Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1768/92 of 18 June 1992 concerning the creation of a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products (EU013)
Council Directive No. 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programs (EU020)
Council Directive 89/552/EEC of 3 October 1989 on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the pursuit of television broadcasting activities (EU128)
Council Directive (EEC) No. 87/54 of 16 December 1986 on the legal protection of topographies of semiconductor products (EU006)
Council Directive No. 84/450/EEC of 10 September 1984 relating to the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning misleading advertising (EU033)
Supersedes (4 text(s)) Supersedes (4 text(s))
Code of Economic Law (updated on March 7, 2022) (BE213)
Code of Economic Law (updated on June 19, 2019)(BE187)
Code of Economic Law (updated on September 10, 2018)(BE172)
Code of Economic Law (updated on September 28, 2016)(BE171)
Is amended by (6 text(s)) Is amended by (6 text(s))
Law of April 1, 2022, on the Transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/789 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and amending Council Directive 93/83/EEC (BE215)
Law of July 30, 2018, on the Protection of Trade Secrets (BE173)
Law of July 30, 2018, on Various Provisions in the Field of Economics (BE182)
Law of October 26, 2015, on Amendments to the Code of Economic Law and Containing Other Amending Provisions (BE178)
Law of June 27, 2016, on Amendments to the Code of Economic Law for the Introduction of Freedom of Panorama (BE170)
Law of April 19, 2014, on the Insertion of Book XI 'Intellectual Property' to the Code of Economic Law, and Specific Provisions to the Book XI in Books I, XV and XVII of the Code (updated on October 30, 2015) (BE177)
Is implemented by (1 text(s)) Is implemented by (1 text(s))
Royal Decree of May 4, 2020, on the Composition and Organization of the Interministerial Commission for the Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy in accordance with Articles XV. 58 and XV. 59 of the Code of Economic Law (BE211)

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