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In the light of the importance of legislative history to understanding the history of, as well as interpreting, European legislation, we have decided to collect together the surviving travaux préparatoires relating to the various directives and regulations in the field of intellectual property law. Many of these can be accessed from public sources, but we also include here documents that are not so readily available, including the records of meetings of Council Working Parties, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Funding for this project was generously provided by the Intellectual Property Institute on its dissolution. These documents have been compiled into chronological tables by Dr Yin Harn Lee, Oliver Butler, Gaenor Moore, Dr Claire Hill and Beril Boz.