Beyond the Text: The Significance of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 361-390, 2012
30 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 30, 2012
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) aims to combat the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods ‘through enhanced international cooperation and more effective international enforcement’. Despite news reports and academic commentary to the contrary, the first part of this article demonstrates that the finalized version of the ACTA does not meaningfully enhance the international intellectual property (IP) law framework as it relates to international cooperation or international enforcement and therefore does not pose a substantial risk to the public or to domestic sovereignty. This is not to say that the ACTA does not have value; the second part of the article argues that the real significance of the ACTA lies not in its textual obligations but more in the effect it will potentially have as a starting point in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, as an alternative forum for IP rule making and on the ‘governance’ of international IP more generally.
Keywords: ACTA, international intellectual property, enforcement, TRIPS, FTAs, TPP
JEL Classification: K20, K11, K33, K39, K42, O34
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