The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA): An Assessment

European Parliament Report, European Union 2011

76 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2014

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Anselm Kamperman Sanders

University of Maastricht

Dalindyebo Bafana Shabalala

University of Dayton School of Law; Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Maastricht University Faculty of Law

Anke Moerland

Maastricht University - Department of International and European Law

Meir Pugatch

Maastricht University - Department of International and European Law; Pugatch Consilium

Paolo Vergano

FratiniVergano-European Lawyers

Date Written: June 30, 2011

Abstract

The ACTA was motivated by a desire to establish equivalent provisions in international trade agreements containing rules on anti-counterfeiting. This is important at a time when free trade agreements are being negotiated by different parties. For the European Union it is also of importance to protect EU intellectual property rights (IPR) as future EU competitiveness depends on its ability to move into higher value added activities such as those for which IPRs are important. At the same time international agreements on IPRs will only be sustainable when they have the support of all parties. Within the EU the ACTA has also been the source of some concerns regarding the non-transparent way it was negotiated and whether it meets to aims agreed by the European Parliament and Commission that it would be compatible with the existing acquis communautaire and the World Trade Organisation’s Trade Related intellectual Property rights (TRIPs) Agreement.

Keywords: ACTA, intellectual property enforcement, european parliament

Suggested Citation

Kamperman Sanders, Anselm and Shabalala, Dalindyebo Bafana and Moerland, Anke and Pugatch, Meir and Vergano, Paolo, The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA): An Assessment (June 30, 2011). European Parliament Report, European Union 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2485399

Anselm Kamperman Sanders

University of Maastricht ( email )

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Dalindyebo Bafana Shabalala (Contact Author)

University of Dayton School of Law ( email )

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
United States

Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )

11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
United States

Maastricht University Faculty of Law ( email )

Maastricht, Limburg

Anke Moerland

Maastricht University - Department of International and European Law ( email )

Netherlands

Meir Pugatch

Maastricht University - Department of International and European Law ( email )

Maastricht
Netherlands

Pugatch Consilium ( email )

88 Sheep Street
Oxon, Bicester OX26 6LP
United Kingdom

Paolo Vergano

FratiniVergano-European Lawyers ( email )

Brussels
Belgium

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