Enforcement

Revealing study by L Yager (GAO): 'Observations on efforts to quantify the economic effects of counterfeit and pirated goods'

The 6th session of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement is taking place in Geneva from 1-2 December 2010. KEI's observations on the 5th session, entitled, Positive outcome reached at WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement while ACTA looms in the East can be found here:http://keionline.org/node/681.

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.

China describes TRIPS Council proposal on ACTA and other plurilateral enforcement agreements.

At a June 28, 2010 Geneva workshop on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Dr. Zhao Hong, from the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the World Trade Organization, distributed a proposal that was prepared for the June 8-9, 2010 meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council:

Decisions to be taken

Decision of the TRIPS Council on the Relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and Intellectual Property Provisions of bilateral, plurilteral Trade Agreeements

Members,

WTO responds to concerns of the European Parliament on ACTA

In a letter dated 4 May 2010, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy has responded to questions and concerns of the European Parliament regarding the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The ACTA Leak is useful, but there are still plenty of secrets

This is a note about the leaked ACTA documents, that have been reported now by several news organizations and bloggers.*

On September 30, 2009, the EU wrote a three page memo on the Internet chapter of ACTA. This is about a week after the USTR held a secret meeting with selected corporate lobbyists and lawyers to debate the ACTA Internet under terms of a tough non-disclosure agreement.

USTR's system of NDAs to provide private sector access to ACTA position

USTR has a system I was not that familiar with. For documents the public can't see, USTR provides access under an NDA to private sector "experts" they want to consult. On Friday I was told by USTR:

"We've consulted with an array of experts from various IP and tech industries and associations and NGOs in the process of deliberation regarding a US proposal on one section of the agreement."

World Customs Organization (WCO)

Thursday, 26 June 2008

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, that develops rules on customs procedures, provides technical assistance to Member States, classifies goods for the application of tariffs, and drafts standards and holds conferences to strengthen IPR enforcement.

S.E.C.U.R.E.

Border & Customs Regulations

Section IV of Part III of the TRIPS Agreement impose certain obligations to WTO Member States relating to border measures that may require custom authorities interventions in cases of importation of infringing goods. However, as the rest of Part III it also allows considerable flexibility to WTO Members States in implementing its obligations.

Notes on Remedies for Orphan Works

Orphan Works are copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate. Undertanding the access and dissemination problems that these kind of works impose to society, Governments have began to explore ways to address the issue. 

Canada

Canada was created a system of compulsory licensing of works, with fees paid to the government, in return for use of the orphaned works.

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