[Ip-health] Antigua Creating Platform To Monetise Suspended US IP Rights From WTO Case
Riaz K Tayob
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Fri Oct 25 12:41:49 PDT 2013
Antigua Creating Platform To Monetise Suspended US IP Rights From
Published on 24 October 2013 @ 1:11 am
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By William New <http://www.ip-watch.org/author/william/>, Intellectual
The government of Antigua and Barbuda is said to be taking steps to set
up a platform to allow the tiny Caribbean nation to monetise or
otherwise take advantage of the suspension of US intellectual property
rights, as it is permitted to do by a World Trade Organization dispute
panel. The WTO panel had ruled that Antigua could make up its loss in IP
rights for US measures blocking Antiguan online gambling in the US.
A WTO Remedies Implementation Committee in Antigua and Barbuda, made up
of experts in IP and trade law, information technology, and economics
has held a meeting "geared toward harvesting benefits" of the WTO case,
according to a 23 October Antigua release. The committee is chaired by
Attorney General Justin Simon, and includes Ambassador Colin Murdoch and
chief legal counsel in the WTO matter, Mark Mendel.
"The Committee is said to be recommending the establishment by the
Government of Antigua & Barbuda of a statutory body to own, manage and
operate the ultimate platform to be created for the monetisation or
other exploitation of the suspension of American intellectual property
rights authorised earlier this year by the WTO," the release said. It is
understood that the necessary domestic legislation to implement the
remedies is in the final stages of preparation for submission to
Additionally, it said, "an announcement regarding the opening of tenders
for private sector participation in the operating of the platform should
be announced shortly."
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer expressed support for
the committee's work, the release said.
"In the face of the ongoing failure of the United States to negotiate
with Antigua and Barbuda a reasonable settlement of this dispute, the
implementation of trade remedies awarded by the WTO is an important
international responsibility," he said. "I am pleased that the Committee
continues working with expedience, meeting as scheduled and focusing on
its mandate to utilise the WTO remedies in a responsible and proper
manner. This will give Antigua & Barbuda a tangible benefit for our
years of perseverance on this matter."
"Be assured that resolving the WTO Gaming case in a fair, reasonable and
positive way is a top priority of the Government of Antigua and
Barbuda," the prime minister said.
The platform could be a website offering unprotected US content. The
case allows for cross-retaliation in the millions of dollars (/IPW/,
WTO/TRIPS, 3 September 2009
Antigua and Barbuda has claimed the damage of the US measures has been
in the billions of dollars.
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