[A2k] EU still pushing for punitive measures against patent infringements in ACTA

Ante ante at ffii.org
Wed Oct 6 07:54:19 PDT 2010


[ ACTA / Economy / Innovation ]
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EU still pushing for punitive measures against patent infringements in ACTA
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Brussels, 6 October 2010 -- The negotiating parties published the consolidated 
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) text. The following statement can 
be attributed to the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII):

"The EU still wants punitive measures against patent infringements in ACTA. In 
our opinion, this is irresponsible. The software field is plagued by patents 
and holders of huge patent portfolios could decide to eliminate competition 
from startups, small and medium sized enterprises and open source projects, on 
their own, or by using a proxy, a patent troll. 

The inclusion of patents in ACTA also could cause issues with regards to 
access to medicine, and even more with other technology not protected by the 
Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, including much wanted 'green 
technology'."

The U.S. has bracketed footnotes saying patents do not apply to civil 
enforcement or border measures. 

TRIPS is the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of 
Intellectual Property Rights. 



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Links
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FFII statement and analysis:
http://action.ffii.org/acta/Analysis

Permanent link to this PR:
http://press.ffii.org/Press%20releases/EU%20still%20pushing%20for%20punitive%20measures%20against%20patent%20infringements%20in%20ACTA

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Ante Wessels 
 ante at ffii.org 
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About FFII
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The FFII is a not-for-profit association registered in twenty European 
countries, dedicated to the development of information goods for the public 
benefit, based on copyright, free competition, open standards. More than 1000 
members, 3,500 companies and 100,000 supporters have entrusted the FFII to act 
as their voice in public policy questions concerning exclusion rights 
(intellectual property) in data processing.





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