Intellectual Property at the Crossroads of Trade

Intellectual Property at the Crossroads of Trade

ATRIP Intellectual Property series

Edited by Jan Rosén

The book comprises thoughtful contributions on varying commercial aspects of IP, from parallel imports of pharmaceuticals to exhaustion of rights, and from trade in goods of cultural heritage to regulation of goods in transit. There is detailed discussion of licensing, including cross-border elements, online licensing, and the potential for harmonisation in Europe. This precedes a multi-layered analysis of the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

Chapter 8: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and criminal enforcement of intellectual property: what consequences for the European Union?

Christophe Geiger

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law


The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has caused considerable concern, in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere. This was initially generated by the fact that the negotiations for the Agreement, pursued for three years outside any official multilateral framework by the European Commission and ten other countries, were for a long time kept secret, giving rise to all sorts of speculation and fears on the part of the public. At some point, the European Parliament protested loudly and adopted a resolution by a huge majority, demanding full information from the European Commission on the progress of the negotiations. Under pressure from this resolution, the Commission publicized a first version of the proposed agreement on 21 April 2010 and, following the last cycle of negotiations in Tokyo, a consolidated version on 2 October 20105 The final version of the Agreement was released on 3 December 2010 after the legal verification meeting held in Sydney, although this had little impact on the final text

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