ACTA

KEI general statement to 2009 WIPO General Assembly

The following is the general statement that KEI delivered to the WIPO General Assembly on September 29, 2009.


General Statement of KEI
WIPO 2009 General Assembly
September 29, 2009

ACTA

Outside of WIPO, some countries are involved in secretive negotiations on a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). KEI asks WIPO to adopt a resolution calling for an end to the secrecy of this negotiation. Global norms for the enforcement of IP should be transparent and benefit from comments from the public before decisions are made on substantive provisions.

PhRMA comments to USTR on ACTA

Written by James Love
Wednesday, 09 July 2008

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA (PhRMA) ANTI-COUNTERFETING TRADE AGREEMENT (ACTA) COMMENTS 

March 21, 2008

RIAA Suggestions for content of ACTA

Written by James Love
Thursday, 26 June 2008

 These are the substantive suggestions for provisions of the ACTA that the RIAA sent to the USTR on March 17, 2008.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

The governments of the United States, the European Commission, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico are negotiating a trade agreement named the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Despite the name, the agreement is designed to address not only counterfeiting, but a wide range of intellectual property enforcement issues.

Obama trade officials promise thorough review of transparency policies

The following report was prepared by KEI, and reviewed by Daniel Sepulveda of USTR:

What should be transparent in trade and treaty negotiations?

KEI doing work on the transparency of global trade and treaty negotiations, particularly but not exclusively as relates to IPR negotiations.

One area that has received attention recently (after a year of complaints), seems to be recent USTR denial of access to the negotiating texts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is basically an IPR enforcement agreement only marginally related to the emotive title, “counterfeits.”

Canada on disclosure of ACTA documents

Michael Geist reports he has obtained under the Canada Access to Information Act” a confidential November 2008 memorandum written by Stockwell Day, the Canada Minister of International Trade, that says in part:

European Parliament debate on transparency of ACTA documents

From the European Parliament is a call for more transparency of ACTA documents. This is a report from Sina Amoor Pour of Sweden, posted to the A2K listserve:

March 2009 news stories on the denial of access to ACTA documents under FOIA on national security grounds

The following are some of the stories on the denial of the ACTA FOIA request on national security grounds.

March 12, 2009
http://www.keionline.org/blogs/2009/03/12/acta-state-secret/
Obama Administration Rules Texts of New IPR Agreement are State Secrets
Huffington Post, James Love, March 12, 2009.

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