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    The TPP IP Chapter Leaks: TPP and CETA May Conflict on Geographical Indications

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    Friday November 15, 2013
    My series of posts on the leak of the Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter has highlighted Canada's opposition to many U.S. proposals, U.S. demands for Internet provider liability that could lead to subscriber termination, content blocking, and ISP monitoring, as well as anti-counterfeiting provisions that are inconsistent with Bill C-8. This post discusses the section on protection for geographical indications and explains how U.S. demands conflict with Canada has already agreed to in the trade agreement with Europe (CETA).


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    European Commission Provides Update on Canada - EU Trade Agreement Agricultural Provisions

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    Monday January 28, 2013
    The European Commission has posted a public update on the status of the agricultural provisions in the proposed Canada - EU Trade Agreement. The EC says the goal is to conclude the agreement at a Ministerial meeting in Ottawa on February 7th, though reports suggest that may be overly optimistic.  The state of the agricultural provisions is described as follows:
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    French Officials Say Willing to Walk Away From ACTA

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    Monday September 13, 2010
    Confirming earlier comments from the European Commission, French government officials have told NGO groups that they are willing to walk away from ACTA if the agreement does not include coverage of geographical indications.
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    CETA Update: EU Continues To Press on IP

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    Tuesday July 27, 2010
    The Department of Foreign Affairs held a call today with various groups to provide an update on the Canada - European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement negotiations.  The department indicated that there has been progress on virtually all issues and the broad shape of the deal is being outlined.

    On intellectual property, the EU is still reflecting on Bill C-32. The department indicated that they have not identified any specific concerns but are weighing whether there are any provisions worth fighting over as part of the broader negotiations.  They are concerned with some copyright issues not included in the bill, notably broadcasting and resale rights. Interestingly, copyright term extension was apparently not identified as a concern. There was very little progress on the other IP issues - some clarification on IP enforcement on EU demands, but no progress on the text; no progress on patents with some significant divergence on these issues, and no progress on geographical indications.  There is Canadian concern that the EU demands on GIs may conflict with trademarks, common names, and have negative economic implications.  The department indicated that the GI issue in CETA was separate from the issue in ACTA.

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