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Morocco: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

October 22, 2011

The Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) represented by its Director together with the Ambassador of Morocco in Japan signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo on October 1, 2011. It is worth noting that the signing ceremony also included the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.

The ACTA is a proposed pluri-lateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. The ACTA was developed by Japan and the United States in 2006, and Canada, the European Union and Switzerland joined the preliminary talks throughout the years 2006 and 2007. The scope of ACTA includes counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet.

The official negotiations with Morocco began back in June 2008, with Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and Singapore joining the talks. Article 39 of ACTA specifies that the agreement is open for signature until 31 March 2013.

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