For America’s trade-centric industries (most of them) seeking solace in election year anchored by anti-trade (anti-job) rhetoric from both sides – a sign of hope has arrived. Yesterday the Clinton campaign announced Ken Salazar - former Colorado Senator, Secretary of Interior and staunch trade supporter - as the chair of her presidential transition team. Salazar will lead the team tasked with...Read More
After months of speculation, today Donald Trump tapped Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate. Gov. Pence will give Mr. Trump some conservative credentials, while a bringing a strong pro-trade voice to the 2016 presidential race – a perspective that has been desperately missing.
Both parties have mistakenly made opposition to trade and free trade agreements like the Trans...Read More
India has an immense potential to move ahead in its place as an economic powerhouse of Asia. With over 1.2 billion citizens and an academic infrastructure producing brilliant talent - particularly in science, technology, engineering and math – India is on track to be a leader in world innovation. However, many of India’s own policies are holding it back from its potential success.Read More
When you think of the word “counterfeits” what comes to mind? Stacks of phony dollar bills? World-class art thieves? Fake designer hand bags? What about the prescriptions you and your loved ones take to maintain your health? Or the brake pads you hope will work the next time you get in your car?
The counterfeit goods we usually think of first, fashion items, are actually the least...Read More
Today, Colombia’s Minister of Health announced what his country is terming a “public interest declaration” that will allow the Colombian government to violate privately held patents and set their own price on Novartis’s breakthrough cancer drug Glivec. This move flies in face of the legal bind between private industry, autonomous governments and the people they represent – jeopardizing the...Read More
As the Union Tribune reported on last week, President Obama has prioritized protecting American companies from being robbed of their intellectual property by signing the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“Obama signs bill to deter theft of trade secrets, May 11”). As a center of IP intensive industries like software development and biotechnology, San Diego’s economy relies on companies who are...
Today is #worldIPday – a day which is meant to bring to light the importance of intellectual property to maintaining progress across a broad range of industries. From life saving pharmaceuticals to the latest updates in mobile technology, IP is the foundation of value for companies ranging from Apple to Pfizer. If this foundation is not protected – it could lead to the demise of some of our...Read More
Last week, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the keynote address at the Free State Foundation's 8th Annual Telecom Policy Conference. Blackburn has been a longtime supporter of protecting intellectual property and copyright laws in the telecommunications and recording arts industries. Blackburn represents Tennessee's 7th...Read More
By Pat Rosenstiel
From the medication that keeps your heart pumping every day to the Oscar nominees that move us year after year, America’s brainpower is our greatest export. At the core of our economy are the intellectual assets that make America’s world-class pharmaceuticals, entertainment and technology possible. Sadly, our creativity and innovation risk theft everyday in a global market that is increasingly...Read More
By Patrick Rosenstiel
Star Wars The Force Awakens has raked in over $600 million internationally in its opening week at the box office – one of the strongest showings from any film of all time. There are examples of economic development along the entire “value chain” of the cinematic experience. As droves of moviegoers make their way to the local theater to experience “the force.” jobs are being created...Read More
With a lot of myth and hearsay being injected into the current debate on Trade Promotion Authority, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has put to rest one big talking point.
According to a new CRS report, TPA gives 'no new authority' to the president.
Passing Trade Promotion Authority "...affords Congress several procedural means to...Read More
It was a sunny day in Washington but Senate Democrats managed to add a touch of gray to the proceedings. By voting 52-45 against granting President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to participate in trade negotiations with global economic partners, every Democratic senator except Tom Carper of Delaware failed to overcome isolationist fears and build an American economy that protects...Read More
It seems that the president's request for Trade Promotion Authority ~ to grow our nation's economy and build our relationship with Asia ~ has been lost on those unfamiliar with trade policy and the dynamics of foreign relations. Commentators from the far right are starting to say that TPA is a way for the President to jam through his immigration agenda (see here for the good 'ol ...Read More
Does union leadership fairly represent the interests of American workers by opposing Trade Promotion Authority?
No. In fact, private sector union membership generally supports of pro-trade policy....
66 percent of private sector union members approve of President Obama's handling of issues related to global trade. This is higher than their 57 percent job approval rating overall.67...Read More
We think not. In fact, Private Sector Unions are out of step with the economic interest and public opinion of rank-and-file members.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which dominates West Coast ports, is composed of the highest-paid blue-collar workers in America. The average full-time wages for fully registered workers are $142,000 on top of a non-wage...Read More
Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity Releases New Polling Data on Trade
Intellectual property, environment, agricultural exports top priorities for Americans
A new poll gauging public opinion on issues of trade was released by the Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity (TAPP). The poll was conducted by...
This week, TAPP was proud to join over 65 other organizations in an open letter to Members of the 114th Congress, calling for strong intellectual property protections that will offer security to America's IP-intensive industries in the global market place. From the letter:
"Intellectual Property Rights Are Vital to Economic CompetitivenessRead More
Via The Economist
ONE of the trickiest targets for Shinzo Abe’s third arrow of structural reform was always going to be opening Japan’s agriculture sector up to international competition. Japanese farmers have a powerful political presence, and have long been heavily protected from trade with tariffs upwards of 100%. Indeed, in the lead up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations Mr Abe himself ...
Via Bloomberg News
By Brian Wingfield
The U.S., European Union and 12 other governments in the World Trade Organization have opened negotiations on a trade deal aimed at ending tariffs on environmental goods such as wind turbinesand solar panels. The WTO members agreeing to the talks announced today in Geneva account for 86 percent of global trade in the products, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said. The U.S. exported $106...Read More