ADI ASKS FOR ACID SUPPORT

8TH DRAFT ACTA AGREEMENT SIGNALS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS…. BUT ACID ASKS WHY ISN’T INDUSTRIAL DESIGN INCLUDED?

Following the publication of the draft of the “Consolidated text concerning the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)” in Wellington, New Zealand during the 8th negotiation round, ACID believes this is a really positive initiative and strongly supports both the nature and the scope of the Agreement. Intellectual Property (IP) will be one of the key factors in global economic growth and financial recovery and we firmly believe ALL IPRs must be protected across all legal, commercial and procedural levels.

However, whilst welcoming this agreement, ACID has grave concerns about the content of art.2, section 2, par.2 concerning “Border Measures” in ACTA. Our concerns are in the content of this paragraph which allows a partial exclusion of the industrial design intellectual property rights, foreseen in art 25 of TRIPS, where design cannot be protected by other rights such as trade marks or copyright, which evidently weakens and undermines the role that industrial design IPRs play in today’s economy. This was brought to ACID’s attention by Valentina Downey of ADI Association for Industrial Design in Italy http://www.adi-design.org/homepage.html. and ACID has supported the stance taken by ADI in a letter to Mr Barossa, President of the European Commission.

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