USPTO Refuses To Respond To Senators' Questions On Legality Of ACTA

from the trust-us... dept

The effort the administration is going through to avoid discussing ACTA is really quite stunning. Two US Senators, Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown, asked USPTO Director David Kappos to respond to specific questions about the legality of certain issues in ACTA. Kappos has now "responded" by not actually responding. He sent a letter back that did not actually address any of the issues raised, but merely said "our USPTO issue experts will continue to work with USTR as they finalize the results achieved in Tokyo." That's not a response. That's a dodge. You can read the entire letter after the jump.

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 18 Nov 2010 @ 11:39am

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    As for who wrote the letter, neither Mr. Sanders nor Mr. Brown are versed in this area of law to anywhere near the extent required for them to have written it. Letters such as this are prepared by staffers, which in this case is almost certainly Mr. Sander's staff counsel since he is identified as the point of contact. Knowing his background in law, it is inconceiveable that he was the author. Hence, the list of likely authors starts to winnow down very quickly. Given that the letter tracks almost exactly with articles published by KEI, I believe a member of its staff is the likely author.

    Odd that you don't make the same points when Senators republish briefs and laws written by the RIAA and MPAA.

    I wonder why not...

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