With An Eye On ACTA: China Champion of TRIPs Freedoms and Flexibilities

During the TRIPs Council, which was held June 8 and 9, China told delegates it was concerned about developed countries that want provisions (for example the lower thresholds for criminal enforcement of counterfeiting and piracy) that go beyong TRIPs. This could lead according to China, to barriers to legitimate trade (when customs can seizure goods […]

Do ACTA Member Countries Want to Confront China With A Fait Accompli?

Since April 9, when I blogged ‘China and ACTA: Why the problem is not made part of the solution‘, new information about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has leaked, see Wikileaks here. It makes you realise how transparent the founding parties to ACTA want to be. Compare the United States Trade Representative posting a 6 […]

China and ACTA: Why Is The Problem Not Made Part Of The Solution?

Medio December 2008 IP Dragon wrote about the controversial genesis of the China-less Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by Japan and the US (joined by Australia, Canada, the European Union, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Switzerland) whose goal it is to stem the tide of counterfeit and pirated goods that originate for […]

Drafting An Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: Where is China?

The drafting of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was, and to a lesser extent still is, shrouded in secrecy. There has been a lot of criticism about the lack of transparency in the negotiation process and drafting of ACTA. Only a leakage in 2007 provided a draft version of ACTA, see here (4 pages pdf). […]