The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) continues to run into hurdles in various parts of the world. Today those hurdles include a sharp rebuke from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Australia's Green party.
According to IP Watch, Frank Schmiedchen, an official with Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is advising "developing countries" to go against ACTA. Schmiedchen made his remarks during a meeting of the Committee of Petitions of the German Parliament yesterday. There he presented the committee with a petition signed by over 60,000 German citizens calling on the German Parliament to halt ratification of ACTA. Max Stadler, state secretary in the German Ministry of Justice, said that there is no ratification process happening, and that the chances of ACTA getting that far were unlikely given the palpable resistance in the European Parliament.
Stadler also said European Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes’ recent statement on ACTA is an indication that the agreement might fail.
Schmiedchen said that the BMZ came to the conclusion that there would be no negative effects in not ratifying the treaty. When it comes to specific measures in the treaty such as border control measures against trademark infringement, this is already covered under current EU law. He says more about prescription drugs and existing EU law here.