Trade Pacts Must Protect IP, Experts Tell Legislators

Law360, New York (April 26, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT) -- Trade officials must ensure that U.S. intellectual property is protected in any trade pacts with foreign countries, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a highly anticipated proposed trade deal, lawmakers were told Thursday.

Experts told the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet that to secure U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace, the government needed to “vigorously” strengthen intellectual property safeguards in trade agreements.

“Bottom line is ... we can have the best-protected intellectual property in the U.S., but unless its protected ... around...
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