Representatives from the EU and 22 Member States today signed the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), in Tokyo, Japan, sending a
worldwide signal that the EU aims to increase protection of its intellectual
capital and support innovation. The European Parliament must now approve the
agreement. The business community urges the Parliament to quickly complete the
process and give its consent to the treaty.
Australia, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore,
and the United States all signed the agreement last October. Of the original
negotiating countries, only Mexico and Switzerland have yet to sign the
European Parliament President Martin Schulz received a
brief document endorsed by 28 European organizations representing Europe's
business and IP community. The document, called "ACTA - Why You Should Support
It", outlines the strengths of the treaty and its benefits for Europe. It
clarifies the policy intent of ACTA and explains how ACTA will help to better
protect European creators and innovators, and boost European competitiveness
and growth. The document urges the European Parliament to rapidly give its
consent to the agreement.
"These business organizations represent
businesses of all sizes, from every corner of Europe and across virtually
every product sector," said Marie Pattullo, speaking on behalf of AIM, one of
the leading European business organizations. "Businesses are concerned about
IP theft and their ability to innovate, compete and deliver economic growth
in the face of counterfeiting and piracy."
piracy - both physical and online - harm the world economy, endanger public
health and safety and undermine legitimate businesses," said Alan C.
Drewsen, Executive Director of the International Trademark Association
(INTA). "Addressing these problems requires better international resolve and
cooperation, which ACTA will supply."
"ACTA strengthens Europe's
ability to fight against fake and pirated goods and the organized criminals
that profit from their sale," Jeffrey Hardy, Director of ICC's BASCAP
initiative said. "The EU's best negotiators have delivered a solid treaty
that's good for Europe, good for innovation and good for jobs."
According to an Opinion of the Legal Service of the European Parliament in
December 2011, ACTA:
1. Is a balanced agreement that allows its
Parties to implement ACTA provisions in a fair manner;
2. Is compatible
with existing EU law and is in line with relevant international law, in
particular with the WTO's Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual
Property Rights (TRIPS); and
3. Provides for the respect of fundamental
"The benefits of ACTA are enormous," said Mr Drewsen.
"ACTA will protect European creators and innovators, generate and preserve
jobs, stimulate economic competitiveness and growth, and Foster international
here for more information and to access ACTA documents.
ACTA is a plurilateral trade
agreement aimed at improving intellectual property enforcement against
counterfeiting and piracy internationally. ACTA has been negotiated by 37
countries and the EU (together representing over 50 percent of world trade) to
improve the international framework for fighting counterfeiting and piracy.
Innovation, creativity, quality and brand exclusivity are some of the EU's main
competitive advantages on the world market.
About counterfeiting and
piracy in the EU
Counterfeiting and piracy continue to be major
problems in Europe. The EU's annual report on customs enforcement of
intellectual property rights (IPR) last year showed that border cases involving
IPR infringements had almost doubled. In his report, Algirdas Semeta, EU
Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, said the battle is far from
On the digital piracy side, a recent study by ICC - Building a
Digital Economy: The Importance of Saving Jobs in the EU's Creative Industries
- showed that EU losses from piracy could result in the loss of 1.2 million
jobs and €240 billion in retail revenue by 2015 in the Europe's film,
television, music and software industries.
"The EU has long led the
opposition against trademark counterfeiting and digital piracy," said Mr
Hardy. "ACTA is a natural complement to the investment the EU is already
making to implement legislation, upgrade enforcement, and control the global
problem of counterfeiting and piracy."
Read "ACTA ¬¬̶ Why You Should
Business organizations endorsing EU signature of
1. Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG)
2. AIM (European Brands
3. Alliance Against IP Theft
International Chamber of Commerce Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and
6. Bureau International des Sociétés Gérant les Droits
d'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mécanique (BIEM)
Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland (BREIN)
8. Coalition for
Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR)
9. European Communities Trademark
10. European Apparel and Textile Organisation
12. Federation of the European Sporting
Goods Industry (FESI)
13. International Trademark Association
14. ICC Deutschland
15. ICC United Kingdom
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
Istituto di Centromarca per la lotta alla contraffazione (INDICAM)
Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE)
19. MARQUES The
European Association of Trade Mark Owners
20. TransAtlantic Business
21. Union des Fabricants (UNIFAB)
fuer Anti-Piraterie der Film-und Videobranche (VAP)