Does the U.S. Believe ACTA Can Be Flexibly Implemented?

KEI reports on recent discussions with U.S. government officials which suggest that the USTR believes it can ignore the plain language of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement by relying on Article 1.2, which provides that “Each Party shall be free to determine the appropriate method of implementing the provisions of this Agreement within its own legal system and practice.”  While KEI notes the absurdity of the U.S. position, though it does point the possibility of other countries – including Canada – adopting a similar approach (KEI notes that Canada tried to rely on similar language in a patent dispute).


  1. So, Ignore specific obligations in the treaty for a vague escape clause while lobbying other countries to do things their way.

    US Politics … gotta love it 0_o

  2. The American way. Do as I say, not as I do…then sue everyone…even as their economy is about to implode on itself.

    And we’re striving to be more American why?