Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)(The 7th Round of Negotiations)
January 19, 2010
- The 7th round of negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be held in Guadalajara from January 26 (Tue) to 29 (Fri), 2010, be hosted by Mexico.
- Participants in the negotiations will include Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States (alphabetically order).
- The discussions in this 7th round of negotiations will focus on enforcement procedures in the digital environment, civil enforcement, border measures and other.
- The Government of Japan looks to actively lead discussions with the other concerned countries with a view to realizing the ACTA as early as possible.
- At the G8 Gleneagles Summit in 2005, Japan proposed the necessity of creating a legal framework to prevent counterfeit and pirated goods. Since then, Japan has proactively conducted discussions towards the realization of the ACTA together with other countries who are greatly concerned about the protection of intellectual property rights.
- In October 2007, Japan, the United States, Europe, and other countries announced to the mass media that they would begin intensive discussions regarding the contents of the ACTA that must be implemented, and have held continual informal discussions with other concerned countries.
- Rounds of negotiations have been held beginning in June 2008, and negotiations have begun on each provision of the ACTA (the previous round of negotiations was held in Seoul, ROK in November 2009).
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