Brussels, Belgium—February 22, 2012—As the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is being referred to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission, the International Trademark Association (INTA) stands ready to provide any assistance to the Court or other interested parties in order to highlight the positive effects the trade agreement will have on the EU, its economy and its citizens.
The referral provides an opportunity for interested parties to continue the discussions based on ACTA’s text itself, and not the heightened sense of mistrust and misinformation that has proliferated in online conversations.
INTA hopes that the European Court of Justice will make a considered and quick assessment of ACTA, acknowledge the serious threats that counterfeiting and piracy pose for the EU and provide the necessary clarity to pave the way for consent to the Treaty by the European Parliament and ratification by Member States.
Counterfeiting and piracy are on the rise and constitute serious threats to consumers, legitimate businesses and innovators. ACTA is instrumental for tackling these issues, and it is imperative that the EU continues to protect its citizens and uphold its status as a responsible trading partner by joining the other negotiating parties in the international effort to fight counterfeiting and piracy.