Notice & Comment

International Trade/Intellectual Property: ACTA Parties Release Draft Text of ACTA, by Jonathan Rusch

On October 6, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk issued a statement in which he announced the public release of the draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by the ACTA parties, after the conclusion of what the statement termed “the final round of negotiations” in Tokyo on October 2.

The statement also noted that “[t]he participants agreed in Tokyo to work expeditiously to resolve the small number of outstanding issues that require further examination in their own countries with a view to finalizing the text of the agreement as promptly as possible.” While the ACTA parties included the European Union (represented by the European Commission and the EU Presidency (Belgium) and the EU Member States), members of the European Parliament previously had issued a written declaration criticizing the lack of transparency in the ACTA process as well as certain content in the text.

This post was originally published on the legacy ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Notice and Comment blog, which merged with the Yale Journal on Regulation Notice and Comment blog in 2015.

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