TAPP Supports REINS Amendment to Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA)

Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity (TAPP) urges the Senate Banking Committee to include the amendment to S. 2098, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 (FIRRMA), that includes the REINS Act, during floor consideration. The REINS act provides Executive Branch accountability and ensures fair access to legitimate foreign investment in our economy.

Under past...

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IP Protections Necessary in NAFTA Negotiations

TAPP supports a robust, codified and enforceable IP chapter in any modernized NAFTA agreement. As NAFTA negotiators rush to reach a mutually beneficial modernized agreement, we urge the USTR to immediately focus attention on the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter.

It is critical that any agreement in principle includes the highest possible IP standards consistent with those put forth..

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World IP Day: To the Strongest Innovators Powering Change

On this Thursday, April 26, we celebrate World IP Day. The event, started by the Global Innovation Policy Center is an annual celebration of innovation, creative ideas, and all the laws that protect intellectual property (IP). This year, World IP Day will be centered around some of the strongest women in the industry.

The theme “Powering Change: Women and innovation and creativity,”...


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Supporting the Sugar Policy Modernization Act of 2017

To keep advancing our market and our economy, it is crucial that we advocate for proper legal reforms that benefit our consumers, taxpayers and all the small-business owners across the country.  The Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity, along with other organizations, directed a letter to senators and representatives, urging them to support the Sugar Policy Modernization Act of 2017, S. 2086...

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On Round Three, There’s Still Room for Improvement with NAFTA

The third round of negotiations for the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came to an end over the past weeks – and trade officials from the U.S, Canada, and Mexico managed to reach consensus on some matters. However, a level of skepticism still remains as the three countries have yet to discuss the most divisive issues, such as the arbitration panels for disputes established in NAFTA’s...

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Renegotiating NAFTA: Improvement, Not Withdrawal.

As renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin to take place, a concerning scenario in which the United States decides to withdraw from the agreement has become main discussion among industries, trade associations, and the millions of workers whose jobs would be affected if the U.S walked out of NAFTA.

The agreement, which was established in 1994 with our...

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Mr. Vishal Amin, new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

Mr. Vishal Amin, new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator: On Thursday, August 3rd 2017, the Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Vishal Amin,as the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) for the White House, a highly qualified nominee to assume this position.

Nominated by President Trump, Mr Amin currently serves as a Senior Counsel on the house Judiciary...

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Why We Should Continue to Engage with Cuba

While the United States continues to make progress in establishing opportunities for trade and economic growth with other countries around the world, we must not ignore the same opportunities presented only 100 miles away from our border, with our neighbor Cuba.

Recent reports suggesting the Trump administration may roll back progress made between America and Cuba have raised concern...

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Branstad's New Role As Chinese Ambassador Means Hope for U.S. Agriculture

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been named U.S. Ambassador to China after an 83-13 Senate vote, making him the fifth confirmed ambassador of the Trump administration. In his new role, Branstad will assume responsibility for creating a positive diplomatic relationship between the Untied States and China, with far reaching implications in areas such as national security and trade.

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US Should Forge New Pro-Trade Path Under Lighthizer

Finally, after four months of waiting, the United States has a new Trade Representative – Robert Lighthizer. Lighthizer steps in as USTR during what could potentially be a large shift in American trade policy under the Trump administration. Lighthizer’s career has, on paper, prepared him well for the role, which has taken on a new importance following trade-related tension in relationships...

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On World IP Day, There is more Work to be Done!

By Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity

HAPPY #worldIPday from your friends at the Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity!!

Every April 26 we commemorate World Intellectual Property Day to highlight the benefits provided by IP. Because of IP, entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators, and doers are able to innovate and create in the globalized market of ideas and products. This commemoration was established by the World Intellectual...

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Roots of Innovation – The Fifth Global IP Index

Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center released their fifth annual Global Intellectual Property Index, highlighting the best and worst international players when it comes to protecting intellectual property. Titled, The Roots of Innovation – the United States, United Kingdom and Germany rounded out the top three countries credited for protecting intellectual...

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UN Secretary’s Report Hits Close to Home for Minnesota Med Tech

By Patrick Rosenstiel

For many Minnesotans, the business of the United Nations may seem worlds away. With this in mind, it is no surprise that many probably did not hear about the UN Secretary General’s Panel on Access to Medicine and its accompanying report, which was released in mid-September. The purpose of this panel was an important one. Their goal was to understand how lifesaving improvements in medicine,...


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On Constitution Day, Let's Remember IP!

Freedom of speech? Due process? Maybe freedom of the press or protections against search and seizure? When you run down the list of constitutional rights that have made America, these and a few others come to mind. For most Americans, they are the best examples of our freedoms at work in everyday life. But when you think about the historical and economic building blocks of our country –from...

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