Source: Intellectual Property Watch
Countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement have undertaken an intensive series of negotiating meetings on specific topics over the coming month, ending with a meeting of chief negotiators and key experts in late November.
According to the Office of the US Trade Representative, meetings are being held on rules of origin (two times), government procurement, state-owned enterprises, and investment, ending with the chief negotiators meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah (US).
Negotiations on the intellectual property chapter took place recently. All negotiations are highly confidential.
The goal of negotiators has been to conclude the talks by the end of this year.
USTR issued the following statement:
“Trans-Pacific Partnership partner countries, including the United States, will be hosting a series of meetings in coming weeks on various aspects of the ongoing negotiations:
October 28-November 1 Rules of Origin Mexico City, Mexico
October 30-November 2 Government Procurement Washington, DC
November 4-November 7 State-Owned Enterprises Santiago, Chile
November 6-November 9 Investment Washington, DC
November 12-November 18 Rules of Origin Salt Lake City, UT
November 19-November 24 Chief Negotiators & Key Experts Salt Lake City, UT
USTR will announce telephone briefings for U.S. stakeholders to be held around meetings in Salt Lake City.”