January 26, 2010

U.S. Chamber Urges Further Progress in Mexican ACTA Negotiations

Chamber’s Global IP Center Calls for Increased Transparency


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Dr. Mark Esper, executive vice president of the Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) issued the following statement concerning the 7th Round of Negotiations of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“We are encouraged by the administration’s continued efforts to work with our trading partners towards a comprehensive and robust ACTA. If fully implemented, this agreement has the potential to raise the bar for IP protection and enforcement around the world. We firmly believe that concluding an agreement this year will help protect U.S. jobs, American consumers, and stimulate our economy.

“Given the importance of this agreement to our economy and to consumers, we must not allow ACTA to be derailed by a minority opposed to protecting the rights of artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The U.S. Chamber has also been supportive of greater transparency in these talks. We recognize the constraints of international trade negotiations; however, we urge the administration to ensure the Congressional committees of jurisdiction—as representatives of the American people—are fully briefed on the scope of the ACTA negotiations and why concluding this agreement expeditiously is in the country’s best interests.”

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations were launched in 2006. The agreement is a new plurilateral treaty to help fight counterfeiting and piracy through enhanced international cooperation and more effective international standards for enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights. ACTA will build upon existing international rules, in particular the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS), to address a number of enforcement areas where countries have identified the need to strengthen the current international legal framework.

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion IP as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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