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ACTA Letters Now Online

USTR has responded to an inquiry from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) requesting information about negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). USTR and Senator Wyden's office released Ambassador Kirk's letter to the Senator this afternoon.

Read USTR's letter answering Senator Ron Wyden's questions here.

Read Senator Wyden's original letter here.

The objective of the ACTA negotiations is to negotiate a new, state-of-the art agreement to combat counterfeiting and piracy.  The United States has been working with several trading partners, including Australia, Canada, the European Union and its 27 member states, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland, to negotiate the agreement. 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, and in some cases contributes to organized crime and exposes American families to dangerous fake products.