Actas - Consejo de los ADPIC - Ver detalles de la intervención/declaración

Mr. Martin Glass (Hong Kong, China)
P.iii IP enforcement trends
467. The representative of Australia welcomed the opportunity to discuss enforcement of intellectual property within the TRIPS Council and looked forward to continuing constructive discussions on this topic within this group. She also welcomed the substantive conclusion of ACTA negotiations. ACTA was an important initiative to counter the very large and growing international trade in counterfeit and pirated material. The conclusion of ACTA negotiations sent a positive signal on the outlook for cooperation at the multilateral level on the trade and intellectual property agendas. She said that her delegation believed that ACTA complemented existing intellectual property enforcement standards, including the TRIPS Agreement. 468. The draft ACTA text showed that ACTA negotiating parties had worked hard to achieve a balanced agreement. ACTA captured important elements of the balance struck in the TRIPS Agreement, for example including the objectives and principles in Articles 7 and 8 and the standards in Articles 41 and 46 of the TRIPS Agreement. ACTA was not meant to replace any institution, but to complement the work on intellectual property enforcement already being undertaken in numerous organizations, including the WTO. The preamble of ACTA stated parties' desire for ACTA to operate in a manner mutually supportive of international enforcement work and cooperation conducted within relevant international organizations. ACTA had been negotiated with a view to attracting a broad membership and Australia welcomed the interest of other WTO Members in the initiative. Australia would also welcome further opportunities for dialogue on ACTA and its contribution to the global intellectual property enforcement agenda.