Intellectual property

Week in Brussels: China, Dutch Mercosur vote, Australia, Myanmar, Bangladesh
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Week in Brussels: China, Dutch Mercosur vote, Australia, Myanmar, Bangladesh

This week has been dominated by news and gossip surrounding the nomintion of a successor for the WTO’s outgoing director general. Today, Nigeria announced it was planning to nominate former finance minister and World Bank official Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – a high profile nomination to say the least. The nomination period …

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INTA committee: pharma IP, enforcement regulation, steel, chief enforcement officer

Today the international trade committee met for a somewhat longer session than the one held at the end of April at the height of Europe’s lockdown. Here some highlights of what’s been said. Pharma intellectual property The pharmaceutical intellectual property space is one to watch very closely post COVID-19. It …

Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP
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Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP

This week was mainly about the EU getting back into business mode. The main focus has been on preparing the ground for trade negotiations starting next month with the United Kingdom and managing transatlantic relations. More below. Commissioner Breton toys with idea of a data localisation obligations for business data …

Abundant gas has been available since the US shale gas revolution
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Member states want to be consulted ahead of any EU-US negotiation suspension

The Council’s negotiating directives to the European Commission aim to ease the way towards negotiations with the United States on elimination of tariffs on goods and on conformity assessment. But will they make life easier for transatlantic negotiators? Not really. Member states mainly made amendments to the mandate on elimination …

EU sues India and Turkey at WTO over tariffs and intellectual property violations
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EU sues India and Turkey at WTO over tariffs and intellectual property violations

The European Union is suing India over recent tariff increases above its bound rates in the World Trade Organization. Brussels is also filing a case against Turkey due to what the EU thinks is WTO-inconsistent treatment of its pharmaceutical companies. India tariffs Since 2014, India has been gradually increasing import …

'Everything is focused on containing China'
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Beyond Brussels: US Section 301 report highlights on China

The latest US report detailing Chinese policies involving the transfer of technology, intellectual property and innovation is full of “groundless accusations”, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce. The update, which stems from the Trump administration’s Section 301 investigation, was released a day after the US proposed stepping up scrutiny of …

Beyond Brussels: CPTPP countdown is on, with takeoff set for year-end
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Beyond Brussels: CPTPP countdown is on, with takeoff set for year-end

With Australia’s ratification this week of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal is now set to kick in next month. The accord, which will provide freer trade and investment access among its 11 members and link up markets with a combined gross domestic product of $13.4 trillion, …

USMCA challenges EU’s advance on GI protection – but too late for Mexico?
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USMCA challenges EU’s advance on GI protection – but too late for Mexico?

The recently concluded US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement includes a clear challenge to the EU’s strategy of ‘globalising’ its protection of Geographical Indications by including their provisions within international free trade agreements. The new clauses, contained within the USMCA’s Section 20 on Intellectual Property, set out rigorous procedures to permit any new …