ACTA Negotiators to Propose New Governing Body

Knowledge Ecology International reported this week that a section entitled "Institutional Arrangements," contained in yet undisclosed ACTA texts which it obtained, proposes the development of a governing body "to administer, modify, and implement ACTA." KEI suggests that this new institution may rival the WTO or WIPO.

According to the post:

"The new ACTA Committee shall:

Supervise the implementation of ACTA

Consider further "elaboration" or "development" of the agreement

Address "disputes that may arise regarding the interpretation or application" of ACTA

Consider any other matter that may affect the operation of this agreement.

The Committee may:

Establish ad hoc or standing committees, working groups, experts groups, or task forces to carry out various activities.

Seek the advice of non-government persons or groups

make recommendations regarding the implementation of ACTA,

provide guidelines for implementing the agreement

identify and monitor techniques of piracy and counterfeiting

assist non-parties in assessing the benefits of accession,

share information on best practices

support international organizations

take other such actions as the parties may decide."

 

Governments interested in joining ACTA may be invited to attend meetings as observers. The text does not provide clear statements in regard to access for international organizations who work with intellectual property.

For more information, visit KEI's article here.

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