Post Tagged with: "european union"

Why European Broadband is Faster and Cheaper

Engadget features a great piece on the link between government regulation and broadband. While the piece is focused on the EU vs. US, many of the same lessons apply in Canada.

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June 30, 2011 2 comments Must Reads

Could the EU Walk Away from ACTA, Redux

Two months ago, I posted the question on whether the EU might ultimately decide to walk away from ACTA given the ongoing battle over the scope of the treaty (the EU wants it cover all IP, particularly geographical indications, the U.S. wants it limited to copyright and trademarks).  Although the […]

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September 8, 2010 14 comments News

EU Demands for Trade Deal Would Reshape Canadian IP Law

More than 20 years ago, Canada negotiated a free trade agreement with the United States that attracted enormous public attention.  The first FTA – to be followed a few years later by the North American Free Trade Agreement that brought Mexico into the mix – played a pivotal role in a national election and ultimately resulted in dramatic changes to the economy and Canadian law.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that earlier this year, Canada and the European Union announced plans to negotiate a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), possibly the biggest Canadian trade negotiations since NAFTA.  The first round of talks took place in Ottawa in October, yet the treaty has generated practically no public scrutiny. That may change following the leak last week of the European Union's proposed intellectual property chapter.

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December 21, 2009 18 comments Columns

EU Demands for Trade Deal Would Reshape Canadian IP Law

More than 20 years ago, Canada negotiated a free trade agreement with the United States that attracted enormous public attention.  The first FTA – to be followed a few years later by the North American Free Trade Agreement that brought Mexico into the mix – played a pivotal role in […]

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December 21, 2009 1 comment Columns Archive

EU Files Responses To ACTA Internet Chapter

The European Union has filed its comments to the ACTA Internet chapter. While the existence of the document has been made public, the document itself has not.

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November 27, 2009 2 comments Must Reads