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 10: ACTA, internet service providers and the acquis communautaire

Irini Stamatoudi

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law

Extract

The negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) started unofficially on the basis of Japanese and US initiatives in 2006. Canada, the EU and Switzerland joined later. Official negotiations started in June 2008, which also involved Australia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and Singapore. In essence, these are the countries which account for the vast majority of the world’s intellectual property rights. ‘Agreement in principle’ was reached in October 2010; the text was finalized on 15 April 2011 and was opened for signature on 1 May 2011.

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