A study on the protection of EU member states for trade secrets and parasitic copying (lookalikes) has been published by the European Commission. This follows the Commission’s strategy for intellectual property rights when it said it would assess the economic impact of infringements. The study provides an overview of the current system and indicates that protection varies between states and in some the law is uncertain. Problems with effective legal procedure include obtaining sufficient evidence of misuse and the fact that in some countries permanent injunctions cannot be granted. The study considers the protection available and whether it is sufficient to ensure free and effective competition.