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Summary of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Summary of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

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Summary of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
Summary of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

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Published by: barry sookman on Oct 11, 2010
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McCarthy Tétrault LLP /mccarthy.ca
Summary of the Anti-CounterfeitingTrade Agreement (ACTA)
Barry B. SookmanDirect Line: (416) 601-7949E-Mail: bsookman@mccarthy.ca
McCarthy Tétrault LLP /mccarthy.ca
¬The main objective of ACTA is to establish new globalstandards for the enforcement of intellectual propertyrights (IPRs) and provide for increased global cooperationto address counterfeiting and piracy.¬These problems are global and requite global solutions.¬Over $200 billion annually (approx 2% of world trade)involves counterfeit or pirated goods.¬This global problem contributes to public health andsafety risks and a significant portion of this trade is carriedout by organized crime.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP /mccarthy.ca
¬The idea for the establishment of a new international treaty on IPRenforcement first came from Japan.¬It raised the issue several times at the Global Congress onCombating Counterfeiting (GCCC). In the Lyon Declaration from the2005 Congress, and in the 2006 follow-up, the Congressrecommended consideration of Japan¶s suggestion to develop aninternational treaty on IPR enforcement.¬Japan then raised the concept of a plurilateral Anti-CounterfeitingTrade Agreement (ACTA) at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit.¬Building on GCCC and G8 recommendations, the focus in theproposed ACTA is on international cooperation, enforcement andlegislation¬Plans were announced to negotiate ACTA in October 2007. After 11rounds of negotiations on October 6, 2010 the Parties released anear final text of the draft treaty. (Draft athttp://ow.ly/2Pl67)¬Some issues are still open and are being finalized.

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