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Trans-Pacific Partnership Act – A look at the IP provisions


Two months ago, we wrote about the ‘child of ACTA‘, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) (that post was covered by ExpressPharma along with more Indian views on the TPP here). Unfortunately though, the ‘shock’ factor that the ACTA had brought with it no longer seems to be present as the public conscience seems to be tired of dealing with the same issues over and over again. And that’s precisely what the TPP seems to be doing. The same lobbyists seem to…


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Exit ACTA, Enter TPP


Image from here “A secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to impose restrictive intellectual property laws all over the globe”- sounds like ACTA, right? And ACTA effectively died a few days ago when the European parliament clearly rejected it, so there should be nothing to worry about.  Unfortunately, that quoted line is not about ACTA but rather describes the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). It’s however more expansive than ACTA and potentially far more destructive. Here’s a brief update about it: …


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ACTA Rejected: The Fight For Internet Freedom Tastes Success – India to follow?


Protests work. There’ no doubt in my mind any more. The tossing out of SOPA after a huge wave of protests could have been a fluke event. But with the European Parliament rejecting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) as well, on the back of both online and offline protests, one begins to realise the influence of people’s participation in the deliberative process and its influence in putting a stop to overbearing intellectual property laws. And with India facing a similar…


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ACTA signing begins


Today, a ceremony in Tokyo saw the first few countries start to sign the very controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Though 11 countries took part in the final negotiations last year, 8 of them actually signed it today. Australia, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the US were the 8 that signed it, while the EU, Mexico and Switzerland have not signed it yet.  The Agreement requires the ratification of 6 members and will come into…


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Wikileaks on ACTA’s development


Wikileaks: Giving a helping handImage from here Wikileaks, which first brought our attention to the ACTA back in mid 2008, has now brought attention to the history of how the ACTA came about. Expectedly, it shows that there had been explicit communication regarding the eventual imposition of TRIPS plus standards on developing countries. Somewhat surprisingly however, it appears that the EU behaved as rather weak negotiating party and were not completely happy with how the events unfolded. La Quadrature du Net  has come out…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: ACTA Final Text released


Thanks to Michael Geist’s tweets and IPKat’s quick follow up, we have news that the final text of the controversial ACTA has just been released, though it’s stated as ‘Subject to Legal Review’.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia has helpfully posted a copy of the text here. This post is just to announce it’s release so that our readers too can go over it, before we go over it in more detail.


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Biological Diversity

A round up of international events


Access and Benefit Sharing Protocol adopted at Nagoya.  Readers may remember our post recently on the COP 10 of the Convention of Bio-Diversity that was held at Nagoya, Japan. 18 years of negotiation on the treaty finally concluded with the adoption of the Access and Benefit Sharing Protocol, (Nagoya Protocol) on the 30th of October, 2010. The protocol, as the name suggests, has the aim of preventing misappropriation of genetic resources of countries, as well as providing equitable benefit sharing…


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China, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Ecuador seek to join consultations in the Indo-E.U. Trade Dispute over Seizure of ‘In-transit’ Generic Drugs


The Indo-E.U. Trade dispute over the seizure of ‘in-transit’ Indian generic drug consignments at various ports in the Netherlands is heating up with several other countries filing requests to join the consultations on the dispute. The countries which have filed requests to join consultations and the reasons given by them for such a request are as follows: (i)Canada: Canada has a substantial trade interest in these consultations, as it exports 40% of generic drugs manufactured in Canada to over 120…


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India Slams ACTA at TRIPS Council: Addresses Specific Concerns


A few days ago, we reported that India and China were going to take a brazen stand at the WTO TRIPS Council meeting, confronting several issues that emerged in relation to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (see our earlier posts on ACTA). While misgivings about the substantive provisions have continued for a while now, the wider concerns of non-negotiating countries such as India and China revolve around the undesirable precedent of multilateral and bilateral agreements mandating ACTA-implementation and the incorporation of…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: ACTA Mistrust Intensifies – India and China Come Together


When it comes to a discussion on the ACTA, the variables remain the same, and not much seems to have changed. The negotiations run their own course, in intermittent phases of secrecy and sudden displays of transparency, while civil society groups and other bodies continue their opposition, unabated. But more recently, we have seen the coming together of those countries that have been excluded from the entire process, making concerted efforts towards voicing their concerns at international fora. Recently, we…


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