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    U.S. Senator Wyden Raises Questions About ACTA Implementation

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    Thursday October 13, 2011
    U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has written to U.S. President Barack Obama to raise questions about the U.S. plans to implement the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement without Congressional approval.

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    Is ACTA Enforceable?

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    Thursday October 06, 2011
    The International Economic Law and Policy Blog asks  whether ACTA is enforceable in the light of its vague dispute resolution mechanisms.  
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    Canada Signs ACTA: What Comes Next

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    Monday October 03, 2011
    Canada became an initial signatory to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement over the weekend in Japan. Other countries to sign the agreement include Australia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United States.  That leaves out the majority of countries that were part of the negotiations as all the European Union countries, Switzerland, and Mexico attended the ceremony but did not sign. Canada's decision to sign is not surprising given its participation throughout the negotiation process and the flexibility that was built into the agreement. While there are many concerns with ACTA (both procedural and substantive), it is not the agreement the U.S. envisioned when it started the process several years ago.

    The signing of the agreement does not mean the agreement is enforceable yet. ACTA stipulates that it takes effect when six countries have deposited instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval. In other words, most countries must still ratify the agreement (much like the WIPO Internet treaties, signing indicates general approval of an agreement but being bound by the terms requires ratification). 


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    Canada May [Not] Be Signing ACTA This Weekend - UPDATED

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    Thursday September 29, 2011
    Contrary to reports that Canada will be signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement this weekend, that may not be the case.  I asked the Department of Foreign Affairs for an update and received the following statement:

    Canada has demonstrated our commitment to working with the international community to develop effective tools to protect and enforce intellectual property rights. Canada is one of 36 countries that participated in the negotiations leading to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. We are currently working to complete the processes necessary to prepare for signing the ACTA.

    Canada clearly intends to sign ACTA, but perhaps not this weekend.

    Update: Minister Ed Fast has issued a release that he is visiting Japan this weekend to sign some international trade agreements. That sure sounds like Canada will be signing this weekend after all.
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