Sen. Says TPP Should Drop Nations If IP Demands Aren't Met

Law360, New York (December 4, 2013, 2:34 PM EST) -- The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee is urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to consider dropping some countries from the highly anticipated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord if they don’t agree to stringent rules for intellectual property rights protection, according to a letter dated Monday.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he is increasingly concerned that some of the potential partners in the trade pact might not be willing to undertake the “high level of ambition” necessary for the deal to be approved by Congress, including...
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