Dec 022013
 
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Sen. Iris Vianey Mendoza

Click here for the original statement in Spanish.

An English translation follows:

The government of Mexico has engaged in secret negotiations, behind the backs of the public and elected legislators, but open to an army of transnational companies, on the latest neoliberal project led by the U.S. government, a super free trade agreement in the Pacific area. With totally undemocratic methods and secret contents – though some have been leaked – the TPP is being negotiated with the aim of securing more power and binding rights for transnational corporations, from those already contained in the WTO or other FTAs with full neoliberal agendas, and to reduce the political space for public action to the state and society. Through the TPP, transnational capital tries to impose the rules that govern a new international neoliberal order. Continue reading »

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Oct 052012
 

UPDATE:  On Monday, Oct 8, Mexico announced that it had formally joined the TPP negotiatios, and that it will host an intersessional meeting in November.  [Press Release]

Today Barbara Weisel, head of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations for USTR, held a civil society briefing on the state of the negotiations.

She announced that Canada and Mexico will officially join the TPP negotiations next week.  They will have access to the texts and will participate in all TPP activities between now and the next round in December. Canada and Mexico will likely have bilateral meetings with the U.S. and others to “get up to speed” on specific issues.  USTR received numerous comments in response to its Federal Register notice requesting comments on the countries’ entrance into the negotiations. Continue reading »

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Aug 152012
 

As Canada and Mexico prepare to enter the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, there is interest in how their intellectual property laws would need to change to adhere to the requirements found in leaked text.  The following is a brief comparison of 1) their patent and data protection laws to the leaked texts, and 2) a comparison of the TPP leaked text with NAFTA requirements.  It shows that the TPP would require Canada and Mexico to alter their domestic laws to allow patents on more types of subject matter (ie – new uses in Mexico and method patents in Canada), and would require patent extensions beyond the 20 year limit in Canadian and Mexican law.

This is a working draft.  Please send comments or feedback to jimmy.koo84@gmail.com  [ed.] Continue reading »

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Jul 232012
 

The U.S. Trade Representative has announced that it is seeking public comments in written form “on all elements related to Canada’s [and Mexcio’s] participation in the TPP negotiations in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions.”  It will also hold public hearings on the entry of these countries into the negotiations.

The deadline for written comments and requests to testify at the hearings is September 4.  The hearing regarding Mexico’s entry into the TPP will be September 21.  The hearing regarding Canada’s entry into the TPP will by September 24.

The original request for comments and notice of public hearings are here:

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Jul 192012
 

The Mexican Senate and House of Representatives have passed resolutions calling for the President to reverse the signing of ACTA.

The Senate resolution, sponsored by Sens. Francisco Javier Castellón Fonseca, Carlos Sotelo García, María Beatriz Zavala Peniche, and Dip. Rodrigo Pérez-Alonso Gonzále  rejects the signing because it didn’t respect Mexican law on the approval of international economic treaties; it ignored the official Senate recommendation of September 6, 2011; and it violated domestic law and human rights.  Continue reading »

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Jul 122012
 

Mexico’s Ambassador to Japan, Claude Heller, signed ACTA on July 12, 2012. A press release by the Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI),  said that the agreement aims to “provide Mexican people with a sound international protection of their intellectual property rights, to attract new investments, to ensure the existing work flows, to increase the creation of formal jobs and to foster the creativity, innovation and competitiveness of our enterprises.”  It further asserts that ACTA “does not contravene the Human Rights acknowledged in our Constitution and in International Treaties to which Mexico is a party.” Continue reading »

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Jun 192012
 

Yesterday, Mexico was invited to enter the TPP negotiations. According to the USTR press release: “The Administration will shortly notify Congress of its intent to include Mexico in the TPP negotiations. The notification will trigger a 90-day consultation period with Congress on U.S. negotiating objectives with respect to Mexico. USTR also will publish a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments.”

Today, Canadian Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada will join the TPP negotiations as well, (see Reuters story).  Harper said that “Opening new markets and creating new business opportunities leads to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.”  Continue reading »

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Apr 112012
 

Another round of TPP negotiations on intellectual property is underway this week in Chile, and two additional countries are looking to get in on the action: Mexico and Canada. However, both countries may have trouble getting their citizenry to agree to the IP provisions if they remain in their current form. To determine how much each country would have to change its laws to comply with TPP requirements, PIJIP asked me to compare the TPP’s leaked IP chapter with the existing law in each country, as well as the countries’ obligations under NAFTA.

Unsurprisingly, the TPP provides far more stringent limitations than NAFTA, and would require major legal changes by both countries. Continue reading »

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NAFTA statement on ACTA and TPP

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Apr 032012
 

by Geraldine Jaurez

Yesterday there was a meeting of the NAFTA group, which put out this joint statement.

Excerpt on ACTA:

As leading sources of innovation and creativity, our three countries are committed to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).  We commit to promote sound enforcement practices and an effective legal framework for IPR enforcement in the areas of criminal enforcement, enforcement at the border, civil and administrative actions, and distribution of IPR infringing material on the Internet consistent with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which the United States and Canada have recently signed.  Mexico will continue to work on a comprehensive reform to its legal system to achieve the high standards pursued under ACTA.

Continue reading »

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Dec 192011
 

Repost of an IP-Enforcement Message from Geraldine Juarez:  Senador Federico Doring has introduced a bill that empowers Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial  (IMPI) to send notifications to users based on allegations of infringement from rights holders. Unlike HADOPI, there is no third notice or similar process after receiving a complaint.  They can pursue any allegation and can ask internet service providers for private identifying data of alleged users related to an IP address.

The bill allows for fines that start at the equivalent of 30 days’ minimum wage, and it includes penalties for “making available protected works.” Continue reading »

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