Intellectual Property

Emergence of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

On October 1, 2011, eight ACTA negotiating partners signed what will become the highest-standard plurilateral agreement ever achieved concerning the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Agreement targeting: Intellectual-property refers to all categories of intellectual property that E-4 are the subject of Sections 1 through 7 of Part II of the TRIPS
Agreement;

Calling for strong legal frameworks, the ACTA agreement includes innovative provisions to deepen international cooperation and to promote strong intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement practices.

 Text of the Agreement: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

An inquiry from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) requesting information about the ACTA negotiations on March 2, 2010.

Kirk-Wyden ACTA Response Letter

Parties to the agreement :

Australia, Canada, the European Union (EU), represented by the European Commission and the EU Presidency and the EU Member States, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States of America.

On September 6, the Japanese legislature voted to ratified ACTA, making Japan the first signatory of agreement to successfully approve the agreement.