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The Office of the United States Trade Representative Hosts Luncheons for ACTA Negotiators, Stakeholders, Business Leaders and Non-Governmental Organization Representatives

This week the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) hosted informal discussions over lunch for stakeholders, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business leaders and the negotiators from all countries participating in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiating round. USTR offered these luncheons to give interested parties and government officials the opportunity to interact and discuss the issues concerned with ACTA.

Under the Obama Administration, USTR seeks to make government decision-making more transparent to the public in order to better protect intellectual property rights (IPR) as well as enforce trade agreements. The objective of the ACTA negotiations is to negotiate a new, state-of-the art agreement to combat counterfeiting and piracy. The ACTA is intended to assist in the efforts of governments around the world to more effectively combat the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods, which undermines legitimate trade and the sustainable development of the world economy. The participating members in the tenth round of the ACTA negotiations are the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.