October 8, 2010

FFII statement on Consolidated ACTA Tokyo text

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The negotiating parties published the consolidated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) text. FFII statement:

“The EU still wants punitive measures against patent infringements in ACTA. In our opinion, this is irresponsible. The software field is plagued by patents and holders of huge patent portfolios could decide to eliminate competition from startups, small and medium sized enterprises and open source projects, on their own, or by using a proxy, a patent troll.

The inclusion of patents in ACTA also could cause issues with regards to access to medicine, and even more with other technology not protected by the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, including much wanted ‘green technology’.”

The U.S. has bracketed footnotes saying patents do not apply to civil enforcement or border measures.

TRIPS is the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

Our earlier statement is still true.