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U.S. Conducts Annual Review of Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Enforcement: Initiates Protests Against Negotiation of New IPR Treaty

Posted by on Feb 23, 2010 | 1 comment

Follow Email The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has initiated its annual Special 301 Review which is used to determine whether or not U.S. trading partners are providing adequate access for U.S. products protected by intellectual property law and aggressively pursuing infringements of those rights. Countries that fail on one or both counts can be placed on Watch Lists, signifying that they are at risk of having their access...

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The Role of Civil Society in Shaping Trade Policy

Posted by on Feb 5, 2010 | 0 comments

Follow Email Protestors and demonstrators, violent and non-violent, have become an inevitable part of the landscape surrounding major meetings of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other trade negotiating events, necessitating police action in some cases.  Meanwhile, inside these same meetings community groups, women’s organizations, professional associations, trade unions, farmers’ groups, and business associations, coalitions...

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