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Legal questions about ACTA

By Ante

Sources say that the European Parliament’s Trade Committee (INTA) will tomorrow consider asking the Parliament’s Legal service to answer questions about ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). Here are some questions the FFII would like to suggest. The questions may resolve uncertainties regarding ACTA. 1. Does ACTA deviate from the EU acquis? In January 2011, European academics issued an “Opinion of European Academics on ACTA“. The...

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ACTA is at peak snake oil

By FFII

The recent European Commission IPR strategy paper also mentions ACTA. It is quite odd how they highlight an unsubstantiated claim that the ACTA text was in line with the acquis despite evidence of the contrary. The EU should also be in a position to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) once it has been signed by the contracting parties in the course of 2011....

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New version of the ACTA text

By Ante

The EU Commission published a new version of the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) text (pdf). A Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announcement mentions an April 15 round of negotiations: “The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was opened for signature on May 1, following its adoption by participants in its negotiations on April 15.” Changes in the text removed: “3 December 2010″ (the date the...

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FFII calls upon European Parliament to resolve uncertainties regarding ACTA

By Ante

Dear Members of the European Parliament, We are writing to express our concerns with ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). Whether the Parliament will ratify or reject ACTA, it will be a landmark decision. Yet, ACTA is still surrounded by uncertainties. We call upon you to decisively resolve these uncertainties. We urge the Parliament to seek an opinion of the European Court of Justice on the...

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Spanish anger movement against ACTA

By FFII

The Spanish anger movement against the effects of the financial crisis also includes opposition to the ACTA Treaty among its demands. No al control de internet. Abolición de la Ley Sinde. No a ACTA.

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Rightsholders afraid of ECJ verdict

By FFII

Some US rightsholder associations and industry players do not want the European Parliament to ask the European Court of Justice (ECJ) about the inconsistencies of the ACTA treaty with the European treaties. The letter is directed to Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek who is the President of our European Parliament and a member of the European Peoples Party (EPP) group. ACTA Trade Mark Lobby(function() {...

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The EU Commission lacks basic reading skills

By Ante

In January 2011, prominent European academics issued an “Opinion of European Academics on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (ACTA). The academics invite the European institutions, in particular the European Parliament, and the national legislators and governments to withhold consent of ACTA, “…as long as significant deviations from the EU acquis or serious concerns on fundamental rights, data protection, and a fair balance of interests are not...

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Startup companies and the IP playing field

By Ante

FFII response to the Consultation on the Commission Report on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (Also available as pdf) March 2011 Summary We would like to thank the European Commission for this opportunity to provide feedback on the Report. To stimulate startup companies, the EU legal situation should minimize market entrance risks for innovators. Startup companies are often confronted with patent minefields. Even...

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