Conclusion of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by Japan
October 5, 2012
- Japan became the first party to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (hereinafter referred to as ACTA) on October 5, as the Government of Japan deposited the instrument of acceptance after the Cabinet decision on the same date. This Agreement will enter into force thirty days after the date of deposit of sixth instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval.
- The ACTA provides an international legal framework of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement to prevent global proliferation of counterfeiting and piracy. Japan has advocated the necessity of this Agreement, and led the negotiations. The early conclusion of the Agreement by Japan is significant in light of the contribution to the enhancement of international cooperation regarding IPR enforcement.
Note 1: The ACTA was negotiated among Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States.
Note 2: Australia, Canada, the European Union (and its 22 Member States), Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States have already signed the ACTA.
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