BASCAP/INTA issue study on ACTA benefits and provisions
- Brussels, 29 February 2012
Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and the International Trademark Association (INTA) today released a study providing a practical analysis of the importance and benefits of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
study aims to add clarity to the debate on ACTA in Europe by outlining how ACTA
promotes EU trade and economic growth, as well as how it protects consumers
and EU companies of all sizes against the negative impacts of counterfeiting
It provides a detailed analysis of the provisions of ACTA
and reaffirms the conclusion that ACTA is fully consistent with the laws of
the EU and its member states, citing specific sections that expressly provide
for protection of civil liberties, fair processes, privacy and other
important fundamental rights and values of the EU.
"We understand the
need to provide the public, the Parliament and other interested parties with
the most detailed and accurate information, and, thus, the European
Commission's decision to refer ACTA to the Court of Justice of the European
Union (CJEU) for review," said Jeffrey Hardy, BASCAP Director. "Yet we also
agree with the statements made by EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht that the
debate about ACTA moving forward should be based on 'facts and not upon the
misinformation or rumour' that has dominated the discussion recently.".
"It is in that spirit that BASCAP and INTA prepared this paper, and we hope
the legislators, media and the public, will find the analysis useful," he
"ACTA will help improve and level the playing field world-wide
on IP enforcement, specifically with respect to counterfeiting and piracy,"
said Candice Li, External Relations Manager for Anti-Counterfeiting. "It will
allow countries to take a coordinated approach in addressing commercial scale
counterfeiting of consumer products of all kinds including medicines,
automotive parts, and toys."
"ACTA will help promote EU trade abroad
and protect EU companies, products and jobs," Mr Hardy added. "It is clear
throughout the provisions of ACTA, that this Agreement respects civil
liberties, privacy and other important fundamental rights and freedoms
enshrined in the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights."
BASCAP and INTA
announced that the purpose of the analysis is "to provide much-needed facts
about ACTA and to explain why it is essential for the EU and its member states
to ratify the treaty".
"The ratification of ACTA will support
businesses of all sizes, protect EU citizens from the harms of counterfeit
goods and further establish the EU as a leader in the international effort
to fight counterfeiting and piracy," Li said.
Read the full analysis
of ACTA in the EU
Visit INTA for more information