Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
New Zealand along with a number of trading partners, including the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Switzerland, have been engaged in discussions over the development of a pluralateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ("ACTA"). The goal of ACTA is to set a new, higher benchmark for intellectual property rights enforcement that countries can join on a voluntary basis. The discussions represent a cooperative effort by the governments to respond to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works. The discussions are not being conducted as part of any international organisation.
G8 Leaders' Communiqué on the World Economy Refers to ACTA
Paragraph 17 of the G8 Leaders' Communiqué on the World Economy published on 8 July 2008 stated that
"Effective promotion and protection of IPR are critical to the development of creative products, technologies and economies. We will advance existing anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives through, inter alia, promoting information exchange systems amongst our authorities, as well as developing non-binding Standards to be Employed by Customs for Uniform Rights Enforcement (SECURE) at the World Customs Organization. We encourage the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and seek to complete the negotiation by the end of this year. We will promote practical cooperation between our countries to develop tools to combat new techniques in counterfeiting and piracy and spread best practices. We reaffirm our commitment on government use of software in full compliance with the relevant international agreements and call on other countries to follow our commitment."
Read the full Communiqué [external link]
A Presentation on the development of ACTA [211 kB PPT]
A PowerPoint presentation about the development of ACTA given during an intellectual property rights enforcement workshop held on 12 November 2008.
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The Text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, 3 December 2010
Following legal verification of the text of the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement during the week of 29 November 2010, participants have release the final and definitive version of the text dated 3 December 2010.
November 2010 Presentation on the Conclusion of ACTA, 16 December 2010
A PowerPoint presentation about the conclusion of the ACTA negotiations, possible implications for New Zealand and next steps given to various stakeholders during the week of 22 November 2010.
Updated presentation on the development of ACTA - 16 December 2009
An updated PowerPoint presentation on the development of ACTA given during a meeting with interested parties on 16 December 2009.
ACTA Negotiators Finalise Text, 16 November 2010
ACTA Negotiators release joint statement on the conclusion of ACTA neogiations.
Finalised Text of the ACTA Agreement, 15 November 2010
ACTA negotiators agree to publish finalised text of the Agreement following conclusion of negotiations.
March 2010 presentation on ACTA
A PowerPoint presentation about the ACTA negotiations given to various interested groups during March 2010
Consolidated text of the draft ACTA agreement as at 2 October 2010
Following completion of the 11th and final round of the negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo, Japan on 2 October 2010 participants agreed to release a copy of the draft consolidated text.
Invitation for Submissions on Enforcement in the Digital Environment
Submissions are invited from the public about enforcement of intellectual property rights in the digital environment. The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2010.
Summary of submmissions received on enforcement in the digital environment
A table of summarising submissions received from interest parties on enforcement in the digital environment
Invitiation for Further Submissions, 15 May 2009
Submissions from the public are invited on a range of enforcement proposals, which may be raised in forthcoming negotiating rounds, to assist in guiding New Zealand’s participation
Media Statement by Participants, 12 June 09
A media statement issued by participants announcing resumption of negotiations in 2010
Summary of Further Submissions on Various Enforcement Proposal, 30 September 2009.
A table of summarising submissions received from interest parties related to particular enforcement proposals that may be raised in forthcomeing negotiating rounds.
Summary of Key Elements under Discussion, 7 April 2009
A joint media statement issued by Participants outlining a summary of the key elements of the proposed agreement that is under discussion as at 6 April 2009.
Summary of Key Elements under Discussion, 11 November 2009
A revised joint media statement issued by participants outlining a summary of the key elements of the proposed agreement that is under discussion as at 11 November 2009.
Information Sheet: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
The proliferation of infringements of intellectual property rights ("IPR") particularly in the context of counterfeiting and piracy poses an ever-increasing threat to the sustainable development of the world economy.
New Zealand to Join Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Negotiations - Associate Minister of Commerce Media Statement
The Associate Minister of Commerce Judith Tizard announced today that New Zealand would join with a number of key trade partners to negotiate an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to combat the global rise in the trade of fake goods.
Summary of Submissions Received About ACTA
A table summarising the 19 submissions received from interested parties concerning specific matters that should be the focus of ACTA for New Zealand
Consolidate text of the draft ACTA agreement as of 22 April 2010
ACTA participants reached unaminous agreement on 16 April 2010 that the time was right for making available to the public consolidate text coming out of the ACTA negotiations.
Fact Sheet About the Negotiations
A fact sheet about the content of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions and answers about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: Negotiations
This page contains the agendas and reports of each round of the ACTA negotiating held so far and it will be regularly updated to include new information about future negotiation rounds.