U.S. Industry Groups Disappointed With FTAA Draft

Law360, New York (November 20, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. industry groups reacted with disappointment to the compromise draft agreement on a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which they said fell short on efforts to create hemisphere-wide intellectual property protection.

Trade ministers from 34 countries agreed to a watered-down draft Thursday, a day ahead of schedule, after a week of negotiations in Miami, Florida. The document now becomes the framework for the next round of FTAA negotiations, which takes place early next year, with a goal of having a final agreement by early...
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