Author: REPOST

Letter from 18 Members of Congress to President Obama

Dear Mr. President, As the current round of negotiations on the proposed TransPacific Partnership free trade agreement (FTA) commences in Chile, we write to urge your Administration to pursue the highest level of protection for American intellectual property (IP) rights. … Complete February 14, 2011 letter from 18 Members of Congress to President...

Read More

Executive Order — Establishment of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/08/executive-order-establishment-intellectual-property-enforcement-advisory The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 08, 2011 Executive Order — Establishment of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEES   By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including title III of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-403)(15 U.S.C. 8111-8116) (the “PRO IP Act”), and in order to strengthen the efforts of the Federal Government to encourage innovation through the effective and efficient enforcement of laws protecting copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and other forms of intellectual property, both in the United States and abroad, including matters relating to combating infringement, and thereby support efforts to reinvigorate the Nation’s global competitiveness, accelerate export growth, promote job creation, and reduce threats posed to national security and to public health and safety, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Senior Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committee. (a)  Establishment of Committee.  There is established an interagency Senior Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committee (Senior Advisory Committee), which shall be chaired by the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (Coordinator), Executive Office of the President. (b)  Membership.  The Senior Advisory Committee shall be composed of the Coordinator, who shall chair it, and the heads of, or the deputies to the heads of: (i)     the Department of...

Read More

European Academics’ Opinion on ACTA

A group of prominent European academics has released today an opinion on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The opinion identifies the most critical aspects of ACTA and invites European and national institutions to carefully consider the opinion before ratifying the Agreement or withholding consent. The opinion is open for signatures until February 7, 2011. It will then be submitted to the European Parliament and other relevant European and national institutions. The text of the Opinion can be found...

Read More

Inside U.S. Trade: ACTA Parties May Sign Final Agreement On Sidelines of OECD Meeting

Inside U.S. Trade December 17 Parties to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) may sign the text of the final agreement in late May on the sidelines of the ministerial for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, according to informed sources. ACTA parties are considering the OECD ministerial as a possible venue because it brings together high-ranking officials from most of the ACTA parties. But one source said that the OECD forum is only one option for a signing venue, and nothing has yet been finalized. By the time of the ministerial, it is likely that Greece and Italy will have backed away from their threats of blocking the the ACTA in the council, which will allow member states governments to approve the agreement. A Greek official said there is too much pressure from other EU member states in favor of the agreement for Greece to ignore when considering a vote at the European Council and risk being singled out as a country that prevented the EU from being able to sign the ACTA. Italy and Greece are ultimately unlikely to block the agreement at the Council, although they could refuse to ratify ACTA on the national level, he suggested. … Subscribers to Inside U.S. Trade may view the entire story at:...

Read More

ACTA Fact Sheet and Guide to Public Draft Text

REPRINTED FROM USTR WEBSITE – ACTA Fact Sheet and Guide to Public Draft Text   Following the 11th and final round of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations, held in Tokyo from September 23-October 2, trading partners representing more than fifty percent of world trade developed and released draft text for what will be the highest-standard plurilateral agreement ever achieved concerning the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Process The participants agreed to work expeditiously to resolve the small number of outstanding issues that require further examination in their own countries, with a view to finalizing the text of the agreement as promptly as possible. The draft Agreement will undergo final legal review and be released for review before participants sign. Signature will be followed by processes to approve the Agreement. Participants Participants in the negotiations included: Australia, Canada, the European Union (EU) represented by the European Commission and the EU Presidency (Belgium) and the EU Member States, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States of America. Purpose Consistent with the Administration’s strategy for intellectual property enforcement, ACTA establishes a state-of-the-art international framework that provides a model for effectively combating global proliferation of commercial-scale counterfeiting and piracy in the 21st century. The agreement also includes innovative provisions to deepen international cooperation and to promote strong enforcement practices. Together these provisions will help to protect American...

Read More

U.S. Civil Society Platform on Trade-Related Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines Issues

  Download Platform (PDF) The following represents four key goals that our organizations agree should guide US trade policy and practice with regard to intellectual property (IP) and health matters. Under each goal we have listed specific actions that we would like to see the Obama Administration — including but not limited to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) — and the U.S. Congress take, as appropriate, in order to work toward these goals. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of actions, but rather those we all agree are critical to achieving these goals. Some of our organizations do not work on all of the issues raised, while others work on relevant issues not specifically mentioned in this platform. Yet we are united in our support for these goals and would like to work with the Administration and Congress to advance such an agenda to promote both innovation and access to affordable life-saving medicines. US trade policy and practice should: 1. Promote availability of affordable life-saving medications and protect public health in developing countries Among the actions we recommend toward this end are the following: Reaffirm the US commitment to the 2001 WTO Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health and the 2008 WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, permit use of TRIPS...

Read More