[Ip-health] "Heavy-handed" TPP tactics from US Trade Rep

Peter Maybarduk pmaybarduk at citizen.org
Fri May 25 09:15:50 PDT 2012


It seems "high-quality" is being sacrificed for high speed.


Meanwhile, negotiators of chapters that are taking time for review and input are now getting a little punishment. For example, intellectual property negotiators who have been appropriately scrutinizing proposals that would transform their countries' laws regarding generic medicines<http://infojustice.org/archives/23270>, internet freedom <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-knievel/next-sopa-going-global_b_1421666.html> and much more, have reportedly been dragged before the assembled Chiefs more than once to face pointed questions about what's taking so long. USTR is driving this new tactic, which even the US Chief Negotiator described as a more "heavy-handed approach."

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