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Final ACTA Text Following Legal Verification

Final ACTA Text Following Legal Verification

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
3 December 2010
 
 1
The Parties to this Agreement 
,
 Noting
that effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to sustainingeconomic growth across all industries and globally;
 Noting
further that the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods, as well as of services that distribute infringing material, undermines legitimate trade and sustainabledevelopment of the world economy, causes significant financial losses for right holdersand for legitimate businesses, and, in some cases, provides a source of revenue fororganized crime and otherwise poses risks to the public;
 Desiring
to combat such proliferation through enhanced international cooperation andmore effective international enforcement;
 Intending
to provide effective and appropriate means, complementing the TRIPSAgreement, for the enforcement of intellectual property rights, taking into accountdifferences in their respective legal systems and practices;
 Desiring
to ensure that measures and procedures to enforce intellectual property rightsdo not themselves become barriers to legitimate trade;
 
 Desiring
to address the problem of infringement of intellectual property rights,including infringement taking place in the digital environment, in particular with respectto copyright or related rights, in a manner that balances the rights and interests of therelevant right holders, service providers, and users;
 
 Desiring
to promote cooperation between service providers and right holders to addressrelevant infringements in the digital environment;
 Desiring
that this Agreement operates in a manner mutually supportive of internationalenforcement work and cooperation conducted within relevant internationalorganizations;
 Recognizing
the principles set forth in the
 Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health
, adopted on 14 November 2001, at the Fourth WTO MinisterialConference;
 Hereby agree
as follows:
 
 2
C
HAPTER
I
 
I
NITIAL
P
ROVISIONS AND 
G
ENERAL 
D
EFINITIONS
 Section 1: Initial Provisions
A
RTICLE
1:
 
R
ELATION TO
O
THER
A
GREEMENTS
 Nothing in this Agreement shall derogate from any obligation of a Party withrespect to any other Party under existing agreements, including the TRIPS Agreement.A
RTICLE
2:
 
N
ATURE AND
S
COPE OF
O
BLIGATIONS
1. Each Party shall give effect to the provisions of this Agreement. A Party mayimplement in its law more extensive enforcement of intellectual property rights than isrequired by this Agreement, provided that such enforcement does not contravene theprovisions of this Agreement. Each Party shall be free to determine the appropriatemethod of implementing the provisions of this Agreement within its own legal systemand practice. 2. Nothing in this Agreement creates any obligation with respect to the distributionof resources as between enforcement of intellectual property rights and enforcement of law in general.
 
3. The objectives and principles set forth in Part I of the TRIPS Agreement, inparticular in Articles 7 and 8, shall apply,
mutatis mutandis
, to this Agreement.A
RTICLE
3:
 
R
ELATION TO
S
TANDARDS CONCERNING THE
A
VAILABILITY AND
S
COPE OF
I
NTELLECTUAL
P
ROPERTY
R
IGHTS
 1. This Agreement shall be without prejudice to provisions in a Party’s lawgoverning the availability, acquisition, scope, and maintenance of intellectual propertyrights.
 
2. This Agreement does not create any obligation on a Party to apply measureswhere a right in intellectual property is not protected under its laws and regulations.
 
A
RTICLE
4:
 
P
RIVACY AND
D
ISCLOSURE OF
I
NFORMATION
 1. Nothing in this Agreement shall require a Party to disclose:(a)
 
information, the disclosure of which would be contrary to its law,including laws protecting privacy rights, or international agreements to

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