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    US Businesses Launch Coalition For Fair Trade With India

    Published on 18 June 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    By for Intellectual Property Watch

    A new coalition of United States business groups, called the Alliance for Fair Trade with India (ATFI), launched today to take aim against what they say are discriminatory trade practices in India against US exports.

    AFTI is co-chaired by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the US Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC).

    The alliance alleged that over the past year, India has supported discriminatory policies against a wide range of US exports in order to benefit India’s business community. These actions, it said, put at risk a bilateral trade relationship worth over US$ 60 billion in 2012 alone.

    Earlier this month, the heads of 17 US industry associations issued a letter to US President Barack Obama expressing concern that recent policy decisions in India undermine internationally recognised intellectual property standards and are jeopardising domestic jobs (IPW, 7 June 2013, US Policy).

    “In recent months, India has systematically failed to respect global intellectual property standards, causing an impact to its investment potential,” Mark Elliot, executive vice president of the GIPC, said in a statement. “From unprecedented patent revocations and denials to insufficient copyright enforcement, India has established itself as an outlier in the global economy.”

    “If this is truly to be India’s ‘Decade of Innovation,’ the government must promote robust IP policies that incubate both homegrown and international innovators,” Elliot said.

    In the coming weeks, AFTI said it will work with the Obama administration and members of Congress to pursue public policy options that will help create a level playing field for US exporters operating in India.  ATFI members include: NAM, GIPC, American Business Conference, American Foundry Society, Biotechnology Industry Association, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, CropLife America, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, Motion Picture Association of America, National Equipment Manufacturers Association, National Foreign Trade Council, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Solar Energy Industries Association, and the Telecommunications Industry Association.

    A press release on the topic was published on NAM’s website here.

    Kelly Burke may be reached at info@ip-watch.ch.

     

    Comments

    1. Tube Gloob says:

      We in India should not change our policy, specially regarding Intellectual property and Patents, to suit American demands to avoid a situation similar to the American industry’s, where the only benefactors are the lawyers and not the creators. Just look at how bad a mess companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and Nokia have created in the technology sector by suing and counter suing each other on ridiculous patents like ‘multi-touch screens’ and ‘rectangles with rounded edges’. Patent trolling companies are a whole different level of evil. They just kill innovation. Another example is their food industry, where companies like Monsanto are making life difficult for farmers.

      Or their pharma companies- which claim that changing an old drug molecule (the patent for which is running out) ever so slightly makes it a brand new drug and hence eligible for a brand new patent. I’m glad our courts rejected this ridiculous idea to cheat.
      I do agree that Intellectual property should be protected and our govt. should do more to enforce the existing laws, but the existing laws should not be changed.

    2. Departed Indian Diplomat Confronted US Business Over India’s IP Policy | Intellectual Property Watch says:

      […] These actions have stirred the ire of US business and government. A campaign was launched last summer, led by the US Chamber of Commerce, the largest US industry trade association, aimed at changing India’s tactics on IPR (IPW, Lobbying, 18 June 2013). […]


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