Intellectual Property Disputes Hold Up U.S.-Australian Free Trade Agreement

Law360, New York (October 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Lingering disagreements over intellectual property issues are likely to stall the implementation of the free-trade agreement between Australia and the U.S., originally set to come into effect in January.

U.S. drug makers have intensified efforts to win last-minute concessions from Australia’s conservative government on the free trade deal, lobbying the U.S. Congress to push for tougher measures against generic competition.

Washington-based law firm Sidley Austin Brown and Wood has prepared legal advice for Congress on behalf of the industry, claiming that some Australian measures designed to...
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