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Development-Based Transition Mechanism For IP Rules Seen As Losing Ground

TAMUNING, Guam -- As talks on intellectual property (IP) protections for drugs in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) prepare to get underway here, sources on all sides of the debate say that U.S. and Mexican proposals for a development-based transition mechanism have ceded ground to the idea of using a fixed timeline.

TPP IP Negotiators Wrestle Over Scope Of 'Bolar' Exemption For Drugs

TAMUNING, Guam -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators meeting here have thus far put off dealing with the most controversial aspects of intellectual property (IP) protections for pharmaceuticals, but have been discussing a technical issue affecting drug patents known as the "Bolar exemption."

U.S., Mexico, Peru Team Up On Apparel ROO; 'Gimped Yarn' Exception Erased

TPP Ministerial In Guam Called Off, But Negotiating Round Is Extended

Vetter Attending TPP Meeting In Guam To Hold Ag Talks With Japan, Other Countries

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Senate Gives Final Approval To TPA-TAA Bill, After Two-Week Fight Fizzles

The Senate on Friday night (May 22) gave its final approval to a bill that would renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for three years with the option of an additional three-year extension, and would reauthorize for six years the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which is aimed at helping retrain workers if they lose their jobs due to trade.

Senate Defeats Amendments On New TPP Entrants, Eliminating TAA

The Senate tonight defeated by a vote of 47 to 52 an amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that would have required prior congressional approval of new entrants to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations joining after the enactment of the TPA bill.

Senate Defeats Portman-Stabenow Currency Amendment, Approves Hatch Alternative

The Senate this evening defeated by a vote of 48 to 51 a currency amendment (S.A. 1299) to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that was sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and would have instructed U.S. negotiators to seek enforceable disciplines against currency manipulation in future trade agreements.

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The package of trade remedy changes championed by domestic petitioners faces an uncertain future as it is still unclear whether it will be considered as an amendment to the fast-track bill the Senate is now considering. If it is not added to TPA, the future of the package will then hinge on whether it can survive a conference with the House on the customs authorization bill.

In a formal statement, President Obama on Tuesday (May 19) signaled he wants to change several elements of a pending Senate customs and enforcement bill while praising the enforcement provisions in that legislation overall.

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on Tuesday (May 19) announced a compromise on human trafficking language in the pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill aimed at ensuring that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal could still receive fast-track protection.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is taking on Sens. Robert Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) with a new warning that the administration would veto a final Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill if it includes the senators' amendment on currency manipulation.

The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has upheld the major findings of a compliance panel ruling that faulted revised U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat, dealing a final blow to the labeling regime after years of litigation pursued by Canada and Mexico.

Close to half of the Senate Democratic caucus has urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to publicly release a report submitted to the administration by an advisory committee of labor representatives that takes a critical view of how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are handling many key areas.

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  • Close to half of the Senate Democratic caucus has urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to publicly release a report submitted to the administration by an advisory committee of labor representatives that takes a critical view of how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are handling many key areas.

  • This week brought new signs that a meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers that had been penciled in for May 26-28 on the U.S. territory of Guam is unlikely to take place due to the failure of the U.S. Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by that time.