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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

ACTA: more than a glimpse

Having no means to verify whether this is genuine, since its content has been kept secret and far, far away from his curious eyes, the IPKat hesitates to draw the attention of his readers to this link to what purports to be an informal, predecisional/deliberative draft, dated 18 January 2010, of the consolidated text of ACTA, the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The document is 56 pages in length and reaches him via La Quadrature du Net. Thank you, Hugo Cox, for drawing the Kat's attention to this link.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course, since this document is marked US CONFIDENTIAL, viewing it/storing it in the US or from a computer owned by a US Corporation is likely to run counter to US law...

Andrew Brown said...

This piece of legslation needs careful tracking and scrutiny. We could embark into the unknown world of customs policing all IP rights for international trade at their borders. The tensions are already apparent in that some countries cleary distinguish between TM and CR infringement as being "counterfeiting" and other countries EU, US and JP wanting to put all IPR into the framework.

I think that we all agree that TM and CR counterfeiting is usually clear cut, but if patent infringement is brought in then how will the Customs officer be aware if the Nokia phone has a chip set that infringes the RIM patent on data compression?

I would rather the officer be more concerned about narcotics, people trafficking, smuggling rather than policing the patent portfolios of corporations. Kick it into the long grass, please!

Fortnightly Review said...

Interesting post. Australian lawyer Kim Weatherall has also given her incisive comments on the upcoming negotiations at http://fortnightlyreview.info
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