Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty On Shaky Ground As Protests Swirl

Law360, New York (March 6, 2012, 10:43 AM EST) -- Mounting criticism in the U.S. and Europe over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will likely slow the ratification of the intellectual property rights treaty and could call into question whether it will ever enter into force, attorneys say.

The agreement, which proponents say will strengthen the international framework for combating piracy and copyright infringement, has been signed by numerous countries, including the U.S., the European Union, Japan and Canada , and must be ratified by the signatories by May 2013.

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