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Canada ’caved’ on intellectual property provisions in USMCA trade deal, experts say
Experts are fuming, saying USMCA will hamper Canada’s innovation economy and hike costs to the health care system over patented drugs.
US-Canada-Mexico trade agreement provisions on injunctions and damages
The damages provisions in the new trade agreement are dangerous, and create a norm that is in conflict with national laws.
Despite seed concerns, CPTPP study to proceed
Thai farmers and civil society organisations vented their concerns about the impact of the new pact’s IP chapter that prevents them from saving and reusing seeds that contain patented plant material.
Un accord de libre-échange Suisse-Indonésie serait à bout touchant
L’Indonésie n’exige plus l’abolition de droits de douane à l’importation de son huile de palme, produit contesté en Suisse, et accepte des règles strictes en matière de propriété intellectuelle.
Extended monopolies on biologic drugs – A warning to developing countries
The United States has throughout history been the principal demandeur of maximalist intellectual property, backed by a powerful pharmaceutical lobby.
RCEP talks: India manages major breakthrough
New Delhi won’t not take additional commitment on intellectual property rights beyond the TRIPS agreement it has already accepted at the WTO; investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism only for limited sectors.
NAFTA deal close, but obstacles remain
US and Canada officials continue to meet but there are three key issues to resolve: dairy, intellectual property, dispute settlement.
New NAFTA could include tough intellectual property laws that Canada fought against in TPP
The new trade deal reached between the US and Mexico contains a myriad of rules and tariffs, and among them include tougher rules on copyright and intellectual property.
Trade agreements privatising biodiversity outside the WTO: 2018 update
FTAs often oblige countries to adopt or implement the UPOV convention, what some call "Monsanto laws".
Italy threatens to bring down EU-Canada free trade deal
Citing farmers’ complaints, antiestablishment government vows to seek parliamentary veto, which would annul pact for all partners
Trade deals putting health at risk
A leaked draft of the negotiating text has revealed some proposed harmful intellectual property provisions that could undermine access to price-lowering, generic medicines, and thus, life-saving treatment to millions of people.
The myth behind health and trade agreements – Q&A with Othoman Mellouk
Dr Othoman Mellouk is a Moroccan treatment advocate who has been working on intellectual property and access to medicines for more than a decade.
Tokyo approves bill in next step toward enactment of new Trans-Pacific Partnership
Japan’s bicameral legislature, The Diet has approved a bill on to ratify the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
CPTPP jeopardises the future of open source software: OSIA
Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) is calling upon the federal government to scrap the CPTPP over provisions that could decimate the Australian open source community.
EU and Mercosur aim to settle GI protection in renewed trade talks
The EU and the Mercosur countries have started a fresh round of trade discussions in which both parties seek to strike an agreement on the key aspects of Geographical Indications and tariff reductions for car exports.
European Parliament delegation in China to discuss trade
The European lawmakers will discuss the recently-imposed US tariffs on steel and aluminum, the question of overcapacity, a bilateral investment agreement, market access and intellectual property rights among other topics.
Ukraine eyes patent law reform after civil society push on medicines access
Ukrainian lawmakers are poised to approve sweeping patent reform legislation, driven in large part by a push by patients’ groups for better access to affordable medicines and healthcare.
EU upgrades IPR category of PH in terms of protection, enforcement
Despite serious concerns on copyright piracy, the EU has raised the Philippines’ standing from “bad” to “better” in the area of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Drug patent extensions under CETA could cost feds $270M a year: PBO
Extended patent protections under Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union could cost the federal government some $270 million a year, according to a new report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
‘Pakistan, China expected to sign revised FTA this year’
Pakistan and China are expected to sign the revised bilateral free trade agreement anytime during this year as the two sided are currently deliberating on the subject, Commerce Minister Pervez Malik said on Tuesday.