Friday, May 08, 2009

EU Wants Patent Provisions In ACTA

According to Inside US Trade, "the European Union is insisting that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) cover all intellectual property rights, including patents, and not focus exclusively on copyright and counterfeit items."

While the US-Japan joint proposals focus on trademark and copyright infringement (counterfeiting and piracy in ACTA's jargon), the EU "favors greater inclusion of patent protections in the talks." But it seems that the EU "is not pushing for patent infringements to be subject to ACTA criminal enforcement."

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