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Joe Stiglitz writes open letter to TPP negotiators
KEI | 7 Dec 2014
Joe Stiglitz writes open letter to TPP negotiators
Professor Joseph Stiglitz has written an open letter to the TPP
negotiators, asking that they resist proposals to weaken consumer rights in
intellectual property. The letter identifies 12 specific "grave risks" in
the IP Chapter, and calls upon negotiators to publish the investor state
dispute resolution text.
Professor Stiglitiz is one of the best know economists in the world, having
won the Nobel prize for Economic Science in 2001, and having previously
served as the chief economist for the World Bank and the as the Chairman of
the Council of Economic Advisors for President Clinton. A PDF of the letter
is attached below. The text follows:
Dear TPP negotiators,
December 6, 2013
As trade negotiators, you are being asked to resolve a large number of
important issues that have divided Parties in the negotiations for a Trans
Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
The decision to make the negotiating text secret from the public (even
though the details are accessible to hundred of advisors to big
corporations) makes it difficult for the public to offer informed
commentary. But the recent publication of the negotiating text for the
intellectual property rights chapter by Wikileaks, and an earlier leak of
the investor state dispute resolution proposals, as well as numerous
reports in the business press, make it clear that the agreement presents
grave risks on all sorts of topics.
As regards the provisions on intellectual property, negotiators should
resist text that would, among other things:
weaken the 2001 Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health
mandate extensions of patents terms
mandate lower standards for granting patents on medicines
mandate granting patents on surgical procedures,
mandate monopolies of 12 years on test data for biologic drugs
narrow the grouds for granting compulsory license on patents,
increase damages for infringements of patents and copyrights,
reduce space for exceptions as regards limits on injunctions, and
narrow copyright exceptions
requiring life+ 70 years of copyright protection,
mandate excessive enforcement measures for digital information, and
otherwise restrict access to knowledge.
At this point in time, we do not need a TRIPS plus trade agreement, we need
a TRIPS minus agreement. The TPP proposes to freeze into a binding trade
agreement many of the worst features of the worst laws in the TPP
countries, making needed reforms extremely difficult if not impossible.
The investor state dispute resolution mechanisms should not be shrouded in
mystery to the general public, while the same provisions are routinely
discussed with advisors to big corporations.
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