Brazil May Follow Antigua In Asking WTO For Permission To Ignore US Copyright And Patents

from the IP-as-international-retaliation dept

It appears that Brazil is considering following the lead of Antigua in asking the WTO for permission to ignore US copyright and patent laws (found via Howard Knopf). This isn't the first time that this has occurred. Three years ago, Brazil had suggested the same solution in response to the same issue: US subsidies to cotton farmers that Brazil feels go against international laws and treaties.

What's really interesting here, though is the ongoing recognition that this is an effective way to retaliate against US efforts to break treaties or laws. With a country like Antigua, which has little else it can do, it might not be that surprising. But seeing a much larger country like Brazil take this approach seriously may lead to it showing up in many more places as well.

Filed Under: brazil, intellectual property, trade agreements, wto


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    bikey (profile), 24 Jun 2008 @ 12:18am

    IP

    The US has been hitting everyone where it hurts for over a decade. Finally, the rest of the world is retaliating. International IP, or TRIPS, is a creature of WTO, and a perfectly legal target.

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