The Report also states that the current IPR enforcement environment in Russia remains weak and that end-user software piracy, sales of counterfeit goods and online piracy are particular concerns. What is particularly concerning is that based on the information available, during the past few years, overall enforcement of IPR has not increased, but has instead decreased. According to the Report: … [Read more...] about Report on Russia’s Implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement
On July 14, 2014, a panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of China against certain policies employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) in conducting countervailing duty investigations. Although this is a legal setback to the U.S. government’s policies concerning subsidies provided by China and other non-market economies, it in no way means that Commerce will alter its policies anytime soon. Instead, the U.S. government is likely to further appeal the issues it lost to the Appellate Body of the WTO. Even if it loses that appeal, Commerce is likely to formulate a new rule that accomplishes essentially the same goal that was found to run afoul of the WTO rules in the current WTO appeal. … [Read more...] about Is China’s Big Win at the World Trade Organization against the U.S. Government’s Policy on Chinese Subsidies a Game-Changer?
The Administration’s notification triggers a 90-day consultation period, during which the Administration will consult with Congress, receive written comments from interested parties and hold a public hearing on June 5, 2014, on the product-scope of the EGA, among other factors. … [Read more...] about United States to Participate in New World Trade Organization Trade Negotiation to Lower Tariffs on Green Goods
Many in Michigan have suggested that the Ontario requirement would be good for Michigan manufacturing, if coupled with a Michigan FIT. However, under the federal Constitution such a requirement would give rise to challenges from the other 49 states under the Commerce Clause, which generally prohibits one state from erecting impediments to interstate commerce. Now we see that such a state law would also violate international trade agreements. All this begs the question of whether the bow to Michigan content in granting bonus renewable energy credits may itself be subject to challenge. … [Read more...] about World Trade Organization Rules Against Ontario’s “Buy Local” Program
The agreed list of products and draft declaration expand the scope of the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA); therefore, this new agreement is known as the “ITA 2.” The ITA 2 was formally circulated to WTO members at the WTO General Council meeting on July 28th, and the negotiators will spend the next several months working out details and a timetable for tariff elimination. The negotiators hope to present the ITA 2 for the 10th Ministerial Conference in December 2015. … [Read more...] about WTO Members Agree to Cut Tariffs on IT Products: World Trade Organization