EU Challenge for ACTA: Transferring Personal Data to Unsafe Countries

The European Union has a long tradition of protecting personal information. Since the 70’s, some European countries have adopted domestic law that regulates the processing of personal data. Starting in the 90's, the European Union has approved several directives that provide a communitarian legal framework for processing personal data. Simultaneously, several countries in Europe have modified their constitutions in order to include provisions that guarantee the right to privacy and the right to protection of personal data.

SCP16: Slide presentations of Professor Carlos Correa, Judit Rius Sanjuan and James Love at KEI briefing on Patents and Health

On 17 May 2011, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) organized a Briefing on Patents and Health at WIPO’s 16h session of the Standing Committee on Patents (SCP).

Save the Date-17 May 2011-KEI @ WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents: Patents and Health

Knowledge Ecology International: Patents and Health

DATE: Tuesday, 17 May 2011

TIME: 13:30-15h00

VENUE: Room B at the WIPO Main Building

Revealing study by L Yager (GAO): 'Observations on efforts to quantify the economic effects of counterfeit and pirated goods'

The 6th session of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement is taking place in Geneva from 1-2 December 2010. KEI's observations on the 5th session, entitled, Positive outcome reached at WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement while ACTA looms in the East can be found here:

Brazilian intervention at TRIPS Council: ACTA

The following statement was delivered by Brazil at this week's TRIPS Council.

TRIPS Enforcement Trends/ACTA – TRIPS Council – Intervention by Brazil

According to press releases circulated in the first week of this month, the negotiating process of ACTA is virtually concluded.

A few points only would still remain open and those points would not prevent a final agreement from being reached soon, according to statements released by authorities from the countries participating in the ACTA negotiations.

Extracts of India's Intervention to the WTO TRIPS Council: ACTA

On Wednesday, 27 October 2010, the WTO TRIPS Council held its annual review of the Paragraph 6 System. IP-Watch has a link to the detailed program of the annual review. This annual review of the Paragraph 6 system lasted till around 8 PM Geneva time. More details of this closed door meeting will be provided in due course.

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.

Program for WTO TRIPS Council (June 8-9) including discussion on Paragraph 6 implementation and TRIPS plus enforcement trends

The following WTO aerogram contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from 8 June 2010 to 9 June 2010. Paragraph 2 and agenda items l and m will be of interest to readers of this blog. It should be noted that in the original document, the text is capitalized.

WTO/AIR/3562/Rev. 1

1. The next meeting of the Council for TRIPS will be held in the Center William Rappard on 8-9 June 2010. The meeting will start at 11 A.M. Tuesday, 8 June.

USTR responds to Senator Wyden's letter on ACTA

Ambassador Ron Kirk has issued a response to Senator Wyden's letter dated January 6, 2010. The official press release from Senator Wyden's office follows:

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Hoelzer (Wyden): (202) 224-3789
March 2, 2010

Wyden Gets Some Answers on ACTA Negotiations

USTR Responds on Range of Issues, including Internet Access and Drug Sales

The ACTA Leak is useful, but there are still plenty of secrets

This is a note about the leaked ACTA documents, that have been reported now by several news organizations and bloggers.*

On September 30, 2009, the EU wrote a three page memo on the Internet chapter of ACTA. This is about a week after the USTR held a secret meeting with selected corporate lobbyists and lawyers to debate the ACTA Internet under terms of a tough non-disclosure agreement.

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