On October 23, 2007, the United States announced an initiative to strengthen intellectual property enforcement measures within the international community via the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (“ACTA”). During the following years, eleven rounds of negotiations among as many parties culminated in a finalized text released on December 3, 2010. The dialogue occurred outside the purview of existing bodies such as the WIPO and WTO. The ACTA now awaits acceptance following the March 31, 2011 commencement of the ratification period. It will enter into force thirty days following the sixth formal approval.
David M. Quinn,
A Critical Look at the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,
Rich. J.L. & Tech
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