After many years of negotiations about The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between U.S., Canada and Mexico, U.S. and Mexico announced that they have reached new preliminary trade agreement. On of the most important changes in this agreement are related to IP and better enforcement of IPR, especially in piracy and counterfeiting. Among others parties have agreed to impose criminal measures against camcording in movie theaters, as well as cable and signal piracy. However we still need to wait for final text to see all definite changes.
Knowledge and ideas are key resources in the global economy. The protection of knowledge and ideas, through IPR, has become one of the predominant issues in the Internet governance debate, and has a strong development-oriented component. Internet-related IPR include copyright, trademarks, and patents.
Trademarks are relevant to the Internet because of the registration of domain names. In the early phase of Internet development, the registration of domain names was based on a first come, first served basis. This led to cybersquatting, the practice of registering names of companies and selling them later at a higher price.