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Your tax dollars at work. Obama administration funding of pro-right holder NGO work on IPR protection, fy 2009

USPTO's $4 million of Congressionally Mandated Spending on intellectual property initiatives, for fy 2009

This is the USPTO list of grants for fy 2009. The $4 million in grants were used to influence global norms on IPR policy.

A new round of grants will go out soon for fy 2010, involving another $4 million of Congressionally Mandated Spending on Intellectual Property Initiatives (IPI).

ACTA and Part III of TRIPS Compared by Frequency of Terms

ACTA is basically a re-write of Part III of the TRIPS, which is the part dealing with the enforcement of intellectual property rights. How do Part III of the TRIPS and ACTA compare in terms of the frequency of terms? Using the August 25, 2010 text, which includes in some cases duplication where there are competing versions of the text, the comparison now looks like this:

Terms Part III of TRIPS ACTA

The 18 uses of "at least" in the ACTA text

In looking at the scope issues, it might be helpful to examine the 18 places where the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA text uses the term, "at least."

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ARTICLE 2.x: GENERAL OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT TO ENFORCEMENT
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USTR's February 10, 2009 memo on Transparency Soup

Background

On October 14, 2009, KEI submitted a FOIA request to the USTR, which is available here, asking for the following records:

KEI requests all records at USTR on the topic of the policy and practice of USTR regard the transparency of trade negotiations, including but not limited to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Part 2: Notes on the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated text

Introduction

Part 1 of our notes on the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated text, covering pages 1-9 of the text, are available here. These notes cover the remainder of August 25, 2010 ACTA text, from pages 10 to 29.

Gary Locke and Microsoft

The U.S. Department of Commerce has been given a high profile role in intellectual property policies in the Obama Administration. The Department is headed by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. Locke is the best known as the former two term governor of the State of Washington. After leaving the government, he has also been a lawyer and consultant, including to Microsoft. Here are a few data points on that relationship.

WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain (released May 2010)

On 7 May 2010 the WIPO Secretariat published a paper entitled "WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain" prepared by Professor Séverine Dusollier (Professor, University of Namur, Belgium). This study was produced as an output of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property's (CDIP) thematic project on intellectual property and the public domain which is predicated upon Recommendations 16 and 20 of the Development Agenda.

WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain (released May 2010)

In May 2010 the WIPO Secretariat published a paper entitled "WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain" prepared by Professor Séverine Dusollier (Professor, University of Namur, Belgium). This study was produced as an output of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property's (CDIP) thematic project on intellectual property and the public domain which is predicated upon Recommendations 16 and 20 of the Development Agenda.

Part 1: Notes on the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated text

KEI has obtained a copy of the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated negotiating text. This is Part 1 of our initial notes on the document.

(Part 2 is available here.)

(revised September 9, 2010)

Preamble

The preamble in the August, 25, 2010 text includes 10 paragraphs, of which only 3 do not have brackets.

ACTA negotiating text: the August 25, 2010 version, incorporating changes from Washington, DC negotiations

The negotiating text emerging from 10th round ACTA negotiations in Washington DC (August 16-20, 2010) was not shared with the public because the United States successfully opposed its release. The US was the only negotiating party to have taken this position on transparency.

We have obtained a copy of the August 25 consolidated text which reflects changes made during the DC round. Here is a TRANSCRIBED version of this document.

Mexico President writes KEI, asks Minister of Economy to respond to ACTA questions

On August 10, 2010, KEI sent a letter to the President of Mexico expressing our concerns in the position of the Mexican government in the ACTA negotiations. KEI noted that the proposed ACTA text, if adopted, would require the adoption of new legal provisions that would compromise the public interest of Mexico. KEI asked the Mexican government to change some positions it had taken earlier in the negotiation, and to support the inclusion in the ACTA text of of new flexibilities and protections of the fundamental rights of its citizens.

1998/1999 debate over 52.19, the WHO Revised Drug Strategy

The following are selected documents from the 1998 to 1999 WHO debate of the revised drug strategy.

Lunch with the ACTA negotiators, August 17, 2010

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, USTR organized a lunch between ACTA negotiators and civil society NGOs. There was not much notice. We received our invite to the lunch last Thursday. Representatives from KEI, Public Citizen, Oxfam, Public Knowledge and the American University program on intellectual property attended the event.

Privacy challenges facing the European Union from ACTA

Since the early ‘70s, European countries have adopted a comprehensive legal framework on personal data protection that aims to balance the free flow of information for market purposes with an adequate level of protection for the right of privacy.

Agenda of 10th Round ACTA negotiations, August 16-20, Washington DC

USTR will host the next round of ACTA negotiations that will take place all of next week, August 16-20, in Washington DC. According to USTR yesterday, the negotiators "expect to cover all issues" and the agenda would be made available in a day or so.

Here is a proposed agenda that we have obtained from another source.

ANTI-COUNTERFEITING TRADE AGREEMENT (ACTA)
PROPOSED AGENDA
10th Round of Negotiations
August 16th-20th, 2010, Washington, DC
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