[A2k] Reuters: Anti-counterfeiting agreement signed in Tokyo

thiru at keionline.org thiru at keionline.org
Mon Oct 3 01:59:28 PDT 2011


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The EU, Mexico and Switzerland have not signed the agreement but have
until May 1, 2013, to do so, according to the METI.

The pact takes effect with the ratification of six parties and the METI
expects an expansion of ACTA participants

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/01/uk-japan-trade-counterfeiting-idUKTRE79018620111001

TOKYO | Sat Oct 1, 2011 5:10pm BST


(Reuters) - Governments of eight nations including Japan and the United
Stated signed an agreement on Saturday aiming to cut costly copyright and
trademark theft.

The signing is a step towards bringing into effect the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is designed to strengthen the legal
framework for intellectual property rights, said Japan's Ministry of
Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

"As with many of the challenges we face in today's global economy, no
government can single-handedly eliminate the problem of global
counterfeiting and piracy," Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro
said at the ceremony, according to a copy of her remarks released in
Washington.

"Signing this agreement is therefore an act of shared leadership and
determination in the international fight against intellectual property
(IP) theft," Sapiro said.

Mark Elliot, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's
Global Intellectual Property Centre, called the pact "a big victory for
the American business community, workers, and IP-intensive sectors across
our economy."

"This accord raises the bar on enforcement by improving cooperation among
partners, harmonizing how we confront IP theft, addressing IP theft
online, and setting a positive example for nations that aspire to have
strong IP enforcement regimes," Elliott said.

The signing took place a year after the final round of negotiations among
11 parties -- Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, the Republic
of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the
United States.

The EU, Mexico and Switzerland have not signed the agreement but have
until May 1, 2013, to do so, according to the METI.

The pact takes effect with the ratification of six parties and the METI
expects an expansion of ACTA participants.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko in Tokyo and Doug Palmer in Washginton; Editing
by Robert Birsel and Vicki Allen)





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