The Wellington Declaration on ACTA

A full day public meeting of over 100 public interest advocates in New Zealand, PublicACTA, examined the leaked text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and produced the Wellington Declaration of public interest concerns. Event organizers plan to submit the Declaration with supporting signatures on Tuesday. The Wellington Declaration is online here:

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Announcing International Access to Medicines Scholarships

Tuition discounts are available for participants from developing countries to study Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines, June 7-11, 2010, at American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C.

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Analysis of ACTA's Text

This document provides an updated analysis of the provisions and proposals reflected in the recent leaks of the negotiating texts of the ACTA. One appears to be an internal European Union document, dated 12 February 2010, analyzing various proposed provisions and negotiating countries‘ reactions and preferences; the other appears to a consolidated version of the Japan-US Joint Proposal dated 18 January 2010.

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The Role of the EU Behind Uganda's New Anti-Counterfeiting Bill

Uganda’s Counterfeit Goods Bill has been attacked by critics as limiting access to life-saving medicines since its introduction into the Ugandan Parliament. Since then, health advocates have wondered why Uganda would adopt a set of IP provisions stricter that the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Agreement (TRIPS), when Uganda is under no current TRIPS obligations.

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PIJIP Announces Call for Papers on the International Intellectual Property Enforcement Agenda

American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is seeking papers on the public interest effects of today’s agenda to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property around the world. The project is particularly interested in analysis of leaked text of major proposals for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

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A Brief Comparison of the 2008 and 2010 National Trade Estimate Reports

On March 31, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk presented to Congress the 2010 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE), an annual survey of obstacles to U.S. trade and investment abroad. Section 181 of the Trade Act of 1974 requires the USTR to submit this report annually to the President, the Senate Finance Committee, and various committees in the House.

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India Ready to Launch Dispute Against EU for the Seizure of Generic Drugs in Transit

Lengthy negotiations for a resolution of a dispute caused by the EU's seizure of Indian generic drugs in transit seems to have come to an end. Indian Trade Secretary Rahul Khullar said on Wednesday that his country has almost prepared its legal briefs to take the EU to the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement panel for illegally seizing goods sent through European ports.

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Intellectual Property Excerpts from USTR's 2010 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers

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Yesterday, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published the 2010 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). This is an annual review required by law that includes tariffs and all types of non-tariff barriers to trade. For each country or region listed in the review, it includes a section on intellectual property. This blog excepts the IP sections.

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PIJIP Seeks Deans Fellows and Interns for Summer 2010

Paid and unpaid positions are available for 20-30 hours a week. All positions will require students to conduct research on current intellectual property issues, as well as to helping with tasks related to promotion of events and PIJIP's work in general.

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Call for Papers: Public Interest Reviews of the International Intellectual Property Enforcement Agenda

On June 16-17, 2010, PIJIP will host a workshop of scholars and advocates to assess the potential public interest impacts of the shift of international intellectual property norm setting to an enforcement agenda. The project is particularly interested in analysis of leaked text of major proposals for ACTA. Academics and policy advocates are invited to submit an abstract of a proposed paper on this topic for presentation at the workshop.

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