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NAFTA at 20: Unfinished Business

NAFTA at 20: Unfinished Business

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The 20th anniversary of NAFTA has put trade within the North American region back in the spotlight, highlighting the importance of free trade and ensuring the right, comprehensive rules in these agreements. Yesterday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Mark Elliot, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) provided testimony on key intellectual property (IP) matters related to NAFTA and the North American region.

U.S. Chamber’s Elliot Testified on NAFTA and Intellectual Property Issues with Canada

U.S. Chamber’s Elliot Testified on NAFTA and Intellectual Property Issues with Canada

Today, Mark Elliot, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere at a hearing titled, “NAFTA at Twenty: Accomplishments, Challenges, and the Way Forward.” Elliot spoke about intellectual property matters related to NAFTA, particularly industry concerns with Canada’s current IP systems, and opportunities for improvement in 2014.

Canada at a Crossroads

Canada at a Crossroads

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There are many things that the U.S. and Canada share: access to the Great Lakes, appreciation for the musical talents of Celine Dion and Justin Bieber—both native Canadians—and a love of ice hockey. But when it comes to intellectual property protections, unfortunately the U.S. and Canada are not on the same page.

U.S. Chamber Comments on Special 301 Report

U.S. Chamber Comments on Special 301 Report

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today urged foreign governments to improve their intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts, following the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) release of its annual Special 301 Report.

State of Intellectual Property

State of Intellectual Property

As we celebrate World IP Day, it is worthwhile to review advancements made over the past year and the current “state of intellectual property.” The theme of World IP Day this year, Creativity: The Next Generation, puts into perspective how creativity and innovation will lead the next generation into the future. But how is that creativity and intellectual property being treated in 2013?