European Parliament paves way for signing ACTA agreement

The European Parliament has approved a resolution on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) emphasising the importance of combating counterfeiting world-wide. ACTA is a tool for making the existing standards more effective and providing better protection against infringements of copyright, trademarks, patents, designs and GIs, the Resolution underlines.

The resolution calls on the Commission, the European Union's regulatory arm, to move forward with submitting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Council and Parliament for a vote while calling on the Commission to confirm that “ACTA’s implementation will have no impact on fundamental rights and data protection, on the ongoing EU efforts to harmonise IPR enforcement measures, or on e-commerce “.

IFRRO will study the Resolution and the ACTA agreement in due course.