Brazil Takes Aim at US Intellectual Property in Cotton Dispute

Volume
14,
Number
10
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17 March 2010
17 March 2010
Upping the ante in a long-running trade spat with the United States, Brazil announced on Monday that it intends to break US patents and intellectual property rights in retaliation against Washington's failure to put an end to its illegal cotton subsidies. The publishing of the list of 21 proposed...
17 March 2010
Tensions between Washington and Beijing over China's currency policies rose sharply during the past week, as the Chinese leadership and US lawmakers traded accusations of protectionism over the value of the yuan. A group of US senators announced legislation on Tuesday that would slap extra duties...
17 March 2010
Negotiations toward a deal to open up trade among eight countries along the Pacific Rim got going in Melbourne, Australia on Monday. Expectations are high as some observers predict that the resulting deal, dubbed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, could be the foundation of a free trade area...
17 March 2010
Momentum carrying the bluefin tuna towards an endangered species listing - and an effective trade ban - appears to be slowing as key countries align themselves with Japan, which strongly opposes such a prohibition. Shortly before the start of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the...
17 March 2010
New details have emerged about the trade deals that the EU initialled with Colombia and Peru last month. The pacts are set to be signed by heads of state at a summit in Madrid in May, but both agreements must still be approved by lawmakers. The deal with Colombia could stumble on this front, while...
17 March 2010
In a departure from traditional policy, the EU has approved German chemical company BASF's genetically modified (GM) Amflora potato for industrial cultivation. The move has sparked controversy over the crop's antibiotic resistant properties, which critics say could impact antimicrobials -...
17 March 2010
In a 633 to 13 vote, with 16 abstentions, the European Parliament approved on 10 March a non-binding resolution that expresses concern over the European Commission's handling of ongoing negotiations toward a multi-state deal to clamp down on violations of intellectual property rights. The...
17 March 2010
Over one third of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with the consumption of goods and services in many European countries are produced offshore, according to a new study by two researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science. The authors argue that ‘international carbon leakage' would...
17 March 2010
The European Union moved one step closer to country-of-origin food labelling after a vote in the European Parliament's Environment and Consumer Protection Committee on Tuesday. The committee members approved a report requiring clear country of origin labelling on meat, poultry, dairy, fresh fruit...
17 March 2010
EU agriculture policies came under scrutiny last week at the year's first meeting of the WTO's regular committee on agriculture. Exporting countries quizzed the EU on its subsidy spending at the 10 March gathering, including on new data on farm support recently released by the trade bloc. Australia...
17 March 2010
18 March, London, UK. GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES: THE IMPACT OF REGULATION ON COMPETITIVENESS. As the global financial crisis shows early signs of receding, this is a key moment to ask what will be the likely future shape and structure of financial services firms. If moves to regulate the industry...
17 March 2010
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION POLICIES IN SELECTED OECD COUNTRIES: TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. By Diarmuid Torney and Moustapha Kamal Gueye. ICTSD, December 2009. Activity to date in the attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been patchy and slow, and many...