Video of 22 March ACTA Stakeholders Consultation Meeting Now Available

International stakeholders gathered in Brussels on March 22 to debate provisions presented during ongoing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations. Video of yesterday's ACTA Stakeholders Consultation Meeting in Brussels is now available for viewing on YouTube and for direct download.

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Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Requests Public Submissions on IP Enforcement

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Victoria Espinel, the Obama Administration's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (the "IP Czar") has requested comments from the public on how the administration should “more effectively and efficiently combat intellectual property infringement.” Comments are due Wednesday, March 24, at 5pm.

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Lead EU Negotiator Denies Three-Strikes Proposal During ACTA Consultation

The European Commission recently hosted an ACTA consultation where issues such as three strikes and the European Parliament ACTA resolution were discussed. During the consultation, Luc Devigne, the lead European negotiator, made statements in which he repeatedly denied EU's support for the inclusion of a three-strikes provision in ACTA.

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Agenda and Venue for 8th Round of ACTA Negotiations Leaked

According to a leaked source, the next round of ACTA negotiations in Wellington, New Zealand from April 12th - 16th, 2010 will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel. As delegates from New Zealand, Australia, the EU, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Morocco, Switzerland, and the United States convene for this five-day conference, the agenda indicates that these delegates with discuss issues concerning Border Measures, Enforcement Procedures in the Digital Environment, Criminal Measures, and Civil Enforcement.

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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."

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As IIPA's Special 301 Reports Focus on Graduated Response Systems, RIAA Continues Hope for Voluntary Agreements with U.S. ISPs

In its 2010 Special 301 report, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) focused its report on 39 countries and territories it believes should remain on the Special 301 Priority Watch List or Watch List for monitoring under Section 306 of the Trade Act. Throughout its country by country submissions, IIPA focused primarily on online piracy and proposed recommendations for each country to successfully combat this issue. In particular, the IIPA suggests that countries on the Watch List take action to encourage Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement graduated response systems to deal with repeat infringers on P2P networks.

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European Union Proposes Criminal Penalties for ACTA

According to a recent post by Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), the European Union is proposing criminal "procedures and penalties" for those who incite, aid, and abet certain offenses. At a minimum, it will apply "in cases of willful trademark infringement and copyright or related rights piracy on a commercial scale."

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The U.S. Innovation Economy - Getting Back on Track

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PIJIP and the Federal Circuit Bar Association will host a March 18 panel to explore one of the key challenges facing our government – building a foundation to get the U.S. innovation economy back on track. The key to reinvigorating our competitiveness is smart technology and innovation. Billions of dollars have been set aside by the government to promote and fund such innovation, particularly in the alternative energy and clean technology sectors. Our panel will discuss the use of these funds other steps to jumpstart American innovation.

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Canada Reiterates Position on Transparency of ACTA Text

As published in the March 17 issue of Canada's Embassy newspaper, Canada reiterates its position in support of transparency in the ongoing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations. The next round of ACTA talks takes place in April, in New Zealand. This statement from the Trade Minister lends further support to a new approach in regard to the ongoing international negotiations.

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A Prescription for Failure: Health and Intellectual Property in the Dominican Republic.”

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On Tuesday, March 23, students from Georgetown University Law Center, in partnership with the university's Human Rights Institute and the student group Human Rights Action, will launch "A Prescription for Failure." The report examines how the intellectual property provisions of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) affect access to medicines in the Dominican Republic.

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