Frustration with India mounts

Business groups are expressing growing frustration about India’s lack of progress toward removing trade and economic barriers and opening the country’s markets to U.S. exports. Continue reading

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Canadian pharma group raises price of NHS eye drug 14-fold

By Dan McCrum in London and David Crow, Financial Times, New York| May 1, 2016

The National Health Service has been stung by a Canadian drugs group that
has heavily increased the prices of some generic medicines in a move
reminiscent of the price gouging plot employed by the US’s “bad boy of
pharma” Martin Shkreli.
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WHO: Member States to finalise FENSA during May Assembly

Source: Third World Network | 29 April 2016

Geneva, 29 April (K M Gopakumar) – World Health Organization Member States
decided to continue negotiations on the Framework for Engagement with
Non-State Actors (FENSA) during the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA). Continue reading

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‘India will not yield on services at RCEP trade talks’

Source: The Hindu BusinessLine| May 1, 2016

Detailed studies are on to analyse usefulness of pending FTAs: Sitharaman

NEW DELHI, MAY 1:  India will stick to its demand for freer movement of workers as part of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) being negotiated between 16 countries.

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US continues to keep India on intellectual property priority watch list

By Kritika Suneja, ET Bureau| April 27, 2016

NEW DELHI: India continues to figure in the US’ Priority Watch List that identifies trade barriers to US companies due to intellectual property laws of other countries. Continue reading

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On IP Protection, USTR Finds Fault With China, India … And Switzerland?


The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) does not hesitate to add even its closest friends to its annual list of concerns about possible inadequate protection of US intellectual property rights. So this year, along with perennial listees China, India and dozens of others, vigorous IP-rights defender Switzerland makes an appearance. The annual Special 301 report was issued today, and in its press release this year, USTR also included its primary client in publishing the list – the rightsholder industry. Continue reading

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US Special 301 inconsistent with WTO rules, says India

India has said that the US Special 301 report, which tries to put pressure on countries to enhance their intellectual property rights (IPRs) legislation, violated World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Continue reading

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