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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property: What Consequences for the European Union?

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Geiger,  Christophe
MPI for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Max Planck Society;

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Geiger, C. (2012). The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property: What Consequences for the European Union? In J. Rosen (Ed.), Intellectual Property at the Crossroads of Trade (pp. 167). Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-A34B-6
Abstract
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the secrecy of its negotiation process have given rise to widespread speculation on the content and the objectives of the Agreement, leading to the development of considerable mistrust among the general public. This article concentrates on one of the most problematic aspects of the Agreement: the provisions on criminal enforcement. It will first show why criminal enforcement of intellectual property is generally a problematic issue, especially in the European Union, and then briefly try to demonstrate why ACTA is not the right answer in this regard, since criminal enforcement provisions clearly need a differentiated approach, an approach which is not reflected in the Agreement.