House Panel Says TPP Needs Binding IP, Labor Rules

Law360, New York (May 17, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT) -- Any Trans-Pacific Partnership deal between the U.S. and eight Asia-Pacific countries should contain binding rules for intellectual property and labor rights that could serve as a model for later agreements with countries like China and India, House panelists told U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.

In a hearing before the House subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, officials from industry groups, labor and academia agreed that strong, coherent requirements from other states involved in the negotiations for the TPP would generally benefit the U.S. most, because the American...
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