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EU trade negotiator talks tough on ACTA

Managing Intellectual Property

MEPs clashed with representatives of the European Commission last week as they sought to understand the legal – and political – implications of the anti-counterfeiting deal ACTA

The European Parliament’s International Trade Agreement Committee held a two-day hearing into ACTA last week. MEPs and academics outlined their concerns about the controversial deal while the EU’s trade commissioner defended the Commission’s negotiating position explained the economic imperatives behind it.

At the end of the hearing, the trade committee’s rapporteur, UK MEP David Martin, said he plans to produce an interim report into ACTA.

"We have critical interest in defending EU intellectual property and we need to act," said Martin in a European Parliament statement following the Parliament’s first hearing on the issue on 29 February and 1 March. He added that "it is not the intentions of ACTA that raise concerns but its possible unintentional consequences. ACTA lacks detail. The main concern is how the text might be read".

"What I plan to do is bring about clarity on ACTA in the next...

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