Intellectual Property Enforcement

Intellectual Property Enforcement

A Commentary on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Elgar Commentaries series

Michael Blakeney

This important book is the first detailed analytical treatment of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and its impact on intellectual property enforcement. The ACTA had been formulated to deal with the burgeoning growth in the trade in counterfeit and pirate products which was estimated to have increased ten-fold since the promulgation of the TRIPS Agreement in 1994. The book clarifies how the ACTA supplements the enforcement provisions of the TRIPS Agreement, namely by: expanding the reach of border protection to infringing goods in transit; providing greater detail of the implementation of civil enforcement and; providing for the confiscation of the proceeds of intellectual property crimes. As the book illustrates, a significant additional innovation is the introduction of provisions dealing with enforcement of intellectual property rights in the digital environment.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Michael Blakeney

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law, law -professional, intellectual property law


The Parties to this Agreement, Noting that effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to sustaining economic growth across all industries and globally; Noting further that the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods, as well as of services that distribute infringing material, undermines legitimate trade and sustainable development of the world economy, causes significant financial losses for right holders and for legitimate businesses, and, in some cases, provides a source of revenue for organized crime and otherwise poses risks to the public; Desiring to combat such proliferation through enhanced international cooperation and more effective international enforcement; Intending to provide effective and appropriate means, complementing the TRIPS Agreement, for the enforcement of intellectual property rights, taking into account differences in their respective legal systems and practices; Desiring to ensure that measures and procedures to enforce intellectual property rights do not themselves become barriers to legitimate trade; Desiring to address the problem of infringement of intellectual property rights, including infringement taking place in the digital environment, in particular with respect to copyright or related rights, in a manner that balances the rights and interests of the relevant right holders, service providers, and users; Desiring to promote cooperation between service providers and right holders to address relevant infringements in the digital environment; Desiring that this Agreement operates in a manner mutually supportive of international enforcement work and cooperation conducted within relevant international organizations; Recognizing the principles set forth in the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, adopted on 14...

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