[Ip-health] 28 February 2012: WTO TRIPS Council discussions on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

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Tue Feb 28 08:08:38 PST 2012


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28 February 2012: WTO TRIPS Council discussions on Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement (ACTA)


Blog entry 28 February 2012: WTO TRIPS Council discussions on
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been updated.
Submitted by thiru on 28. February 2012 - 18:03

As reported previously, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan,
Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States
have requested the WTO TRIPS Council to hold a discussion on IP
Enforcement Trends (ie, ACTA). At the beginning of discussions this
morning, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India and Venezuela
objected to the inclusion of an agenda item on ACTA noting that the TRIPS
Council's purpose did not have the mandate to discuss ACTA, a TRIPS-plus
development outside the scope of the multilateral trading system. It
should be noted that according to the WTO TRIPS Council website, the TRIPS
Council "is responsible for administering the TRIPS Agreement, in
particular monitoring the operation of the Agreement". According to an
informed source, China stated that the discussion of ACTA should fall
under "Any other business" but then accepted the discussion of agenda item
N on "IP Enforcement Trends" with the understanding that ACTA would NOT be
a permanent agenda item at the TRIPS Council. KEI was also informed that
the final text of the ACTA Agreement was distributed on the request of
ACTA proponents with the justification that they were being "transparent
in showing WTO members best practices in IP enforcement". Discussions of
ACTA started at approximately 4:30 PM Geneva time. Since the WTO TRIPS
Council is off limits to non-governmental organizations and the press, we
only have sketchy reports on what is transpiring inside. A fuller picture
should emerge when the WTO concludes its discussions on ACTA this evening.






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