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    Spanish Ambassador to Canada Says IP Obstacle to Trade Deal

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    Monday June 07, 2010
    The Canadian Press reports that Spain's ambassador to Canada has identified intellectual property rights as a key stumbling block to a Canada - EU Trade Agreement.
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    CETA Update: EU Pressure on IP Increases

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    Tuesday April 27, 2010
    The Department of Foreign Affairs held a briefing call yesterday on the latest round of Canada - European Union Trade Agreement negotiations held last week in Ottawa (talks are actually continuing this week since many European officials were unable to attend due to volcanic ash inspired flight cancellations).  The call was the first I have attended and I think the department should be commended for holding regular briefings that offer a full update on the negotiations.  The CETA approach is in marked contrast to ACTA, where there have been practically no briefings after negotiation rounds.

    The CETA intellectual property chapter was discussed during the briefing, with officials noting that EU pressure on this particular issue was increasing.  The EU is apparently concerned with the lack of movement on the IP chapter, which is largely at a standstill.  The EU has demanded wholesale changes to Canada's IP law framework, but negotiators advised that Canada could not respond without guidance from the government.  Part of that guidance is expected to come in the form of the next copyright bill (with iPadlock Minister James Moore pushing for C-61 style lock provisions, the bill would be consistent with EU demands on anti-circumvention rules). 


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    Canada - EU Trade Agreement Leaks

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    Tuesday April 20, 2010
    This week negotiations continue on the Canada - EU Trade Agreement. I've previously posted a copy of the CETA Intellectual Property chapter.  Yesterday, nine other chapters leaked, including the telecommunications chapter.
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    Trade Law Perspective on CETA

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    Friday April 02, 2010
    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak provides a trade law perspective on the latest CETA leak, noting that it is so far reaching that it may be inconsistent with the trade promotion goals of the agreement.
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