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IP Rules Incorporated Into Recent Trade Agreements Will Have Consequences for Canadians

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Trade Deals that Lock Up Intellectual Property (IP) Rules Could Have Dangerous Consequences for Canada 2018-11-29

Dear Valued Customer,

In Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, the then-U.S. president promised to set his country on a broad course to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.”
 
Today, White House rhetoric is focused less on ingenuity and innovation and more on tariff walls and reviving old industries. Under Donald Trump’s America First trade agenda, the president has vowed to resuscitate the domestic steel industry, breathe new life into the coal business and use trade agreements to pry open foreign markets for farmers.
 
Yet when the smoke cleared on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), page after page was devoted to the very issues Obama had highlighted: the intellectual property rules, copyright and data flow regulations economists say are crucial to the 21st century economy.
 
Indeed, trade agreements originally designed to regulate the movement of goods across borders are increasingly being used to govern the international exchange and use of more abstract properties such as ideas, personal information and data sets.
 
Critics warn that such deals can push smaller countries into trade-offs that aren’t in their best interests, tipping the global playing field in favour of larger, richer countries.
 
Read more in an article from the Financial Post.
 

Source: CIFFA
 
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