Candidates Clinton and Sanders on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in the TPP and Other Trade Agreements

 Posted by on April 19, 2016  Comments Off on Candidates Clinton and Sanders on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in the TPP and Other Trade Agreements
Apr 192016
 

clinton-sandersThe Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition (PFTC) has released questionnaires completed by candidates Sanders and Clinton on their views on the Trans Pacific Partnership. The questionnaires consist of ten questions and allow the candidates to give detailed answers.  Topics include intellectual property and medicines, labor, environment, and fast track. Both candidates’ fully completed questionnaires are available in the PFTC press release. Question 4, on intellectual property and access to medicine, and each candidates’ full answer, are reproduced below: Continue reading »

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Tech Company and User Groups Letter to Congress on Trans Pacific Partnership and Fast Track

 Posted by on May 20, 2015  Comments Off on Tech Company and User Groups Letter to Congress on Trans Pacific Partnership and Fast Track
May 202015
 
Image:  EFF (CC-BY)

Image: EFF (CC-BY)

Joint letter to Congress
PDF with signatures on eff.org

Dear Members of Congress: We write to you as a community representing thousands of our nation’s innovators, entrepreneurs, job-­‐creators, and users to express our concern over trade agreements such as the Trans-­‐Pacific Partnership (TPP). Despite containing many provisions that go far beyond the scope of traditional trade policy, the public is kept in the dark as these deals continue to be negotiated behind closed doors with heavy influence from only a limited subset of stakeholders. Continue reading »

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Senate and House Endorse Balanced IP in Reports on Fast Track

 Posted by on May 14, 2015  Comments Off on Senate and House Endorse Balanced IP in Reports on Fast Track
May 142015
 

sean at podiumThe Senate and House Reports on the Trade Promotion Authority bills working through Congress include important, albeit limited, steps toward endorsing balanced intellectual property norms in trade policy.

The Senate report, released today, states: Continue reading »

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Frequently Asked Questions on IP and TPP Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

 Posted by on May 1, 2015  Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions on IP and TPP Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
May 012015
 

sean at podium

In preparation for my role in warming up for Noam Chomsky on WORTFM Madison Wisconsin today, I put together this FAQ on the TPP ISDS leak and intellectual property policy concerns. As with all our posts, this is a CC-By product — please feel free to use or adapt for other purposes with attribution.

What is the core concern with ISDS? Continue reading »

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Fact or Fiction: Does the Hatch-Wyden-Obama Trade Promotion Authority Bill Protect U.S. Sovereignty Over Domestic Policy?

 Posted by on April 21, 2015  Comments Off on Fact or Fiction: Does the Hatch-Wyden-Obama Trade Promotion Authority Bill Protect U.S. Sovereignty Over Domestic Policy?
Apr 212015
 

sean - 150x150[Cross posted from the American Constitutional Society blog, Link] The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that was released last week contains a fascinating Section 8 on “Sovereignty.”  The section appears intended to make all trade agreements with the U.S. not binding to the extent that they contradict any provision of U.S. law, current or future.  If valid, the section would go a long way to calming fears in this country that new trade agreements, like the old ones, could be used by corporations or other countries to force the U.S. to alter domestic regulations.  (See, for example, analysis on how the leaked TPP text could enable challenges to intellectual property limitations and exceptions like the U.S. fair use doctrine). Continue reading »

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