ACTA

KEI's ACTA timeline

ACTA Timeline

2007

  • September 24 to October 3, 2007, WIPO General Assembly meets and approves the WIPO Development Agenda.
  • October 23, 2007. Joint announcement is made regarding the formal launch of negotiations on ACTA. The USTR announcement is here.

2008

USTR's implausible claim that ACTA Article 1.2 is an all purpose loophole, and the ramifications if true

The October 2010 version of the ACTA text is inconsistent with several areas of U.S. law, and proposals for new laws in the areas of the reform of patent damages and access to orphaned copyrighted works. In particular, the obligations in the ACTA text do not incorporate many of the areas of limitations and exceptions to remedies found in U.S. law, and in the statutes of some other countries.

Senators Sanders and Brown write to Kappos at USPTO, ask if ACTA is consistent with US law

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Senators Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown

On October 19, 2010, Senators Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have written to David Kappos, the Director of the USPTO, asking for an assessment of conflicts between the October 2010 ACTA text, and U.S. law.

Areas where the Oct 2, 2010 ACTA text is inconsistent with U.S. law

Note: On October 8, 2010, Senator Wyden asked the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress undertake and provide to Congress:

Senator Wyden asks for legal review of ACTA

Senator Ron WydenNoting the ACTA is being negotiated as an "executive agreement" because "it is not intended to impact U.S. law, but that "some experts outside of government are raising concerns that the ACTA text is contrary to U.S. law and its application or would present a barrier to changes in U.S.

Notes on the October 7, 2010 USTR NGO briefing on ACTA

Notes on the October 7, 2010 USTR NGO briefing on ACTA

By Judit Rius Sanjuan & Anne Mira Guha

Today, USTR held a nearly 2-hour public briefing on the new version of the ACTA text. USTR representatives present included Stan McCoy, Kira Alvarez, and Rachel Bae. Stan and Kira did most of the talking at the meeting.

The October 2, 2010 version of the ACTA text

The October 2, 2010 version of the ACTA text is now available. A copy is here.

See also: Areas where the Oct 2, 2010 ACTA text is inconsistent with U.S. law

Quick look

(revised 10:17 am, October 7, 2010)

Mexican Senate Urges President to Suspend ACTA Negotiations

Today, the Mexican Senate approved unanimously a resolution urging the President to suspend the ACTA negotiations based on public interest concerns.

Mexican Government (nonresponsive) responses to KEI’s concerns about ACTA

KEI has received a letter dated September 28, 2010, from Lic. Alfredo Rendón Algara - Director General Adjunto de Propiedad Industrial of Mexico (IMPI). The letter from the Mexican government is in response to KEI's earlier letter to C. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, regarding the position of the Mexican government in the ACTA negotiations.

ACTA and Part III of TRIPS Compared by Frequency of Terms

ACTA is basically a re-write of Part III of the TRIPS, which is the part dealing with the enforcement of intellectual property rights. How do Part III of the TRIPS and ACTA compare in terms of the frequency of terms? Using the August 25, 2010 text, which includes in some cases duplication where there are competing versions of the text, the comparison now looks like this:

Terms Part III of TRIPS ACTA
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