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Archived updates for Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Japan Proposes Counterfeit Non-Proliferation Treaty

According to the November 15, 2005 issue of Intellectual Property Watch, international reactions were mixed in response to Japan's proposal for a Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Counterfeits and Pirated Goods at the second “Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy.”

Hisamitsu Arai, Secretary General of the intellectual property strategy headquarters cabinet secretariat in Tokyo said the treaty was not unique in its focus on the import, export and transshipment of illegal goods. The treaty would reportedly introduce legal obligations to ensure countermeasures against piracy were taken at the borders of the exporting countries. Enforcement agencies would also co-operate and share “process of measures” data, meaning their respective processes of seizures, confiscation and destruction and removal of manufacturing equipment.

Many of the participants said it was too early to comment on the potential of the treaty proposed by Japan, while others questioned it. Lawrence S. P. Wong, deputy commissioner of Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, told Intellectual Property Watch that they already do everything that is proposed in the treaty. He said that “action is much more important” than words.
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