Countries Discuss Prospect Of Plurilateral Agreement On Genetic Resources Protection – Intellectual Property Watch

Faced with a longstanding lack of progress at the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization on the protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge, some developing countries are examining the possibility of moving outside the multilateral system toward a plurilateral agreement with like-minded countries.

China urges WTO members – Put U.S. tariff ‘beast back in the cage’

GENEVA (Reuters) – China called on World Trade Organization members on Monday to unite to prevent the United States “wrecking” the WTO, and it urged them to oppose U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs targeting China’s alleged theft of intellectual property. Trump’s trade policy, labelled “medieval” by former WTO head Pascal Lamy, has inflamed international opinion this year.

Trump admin seeks proper definition of ‘developing country’ – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is seeking a proper definition of a “developing country” by the WTO, alleging that major emerging economies like India, China, Brazil and South Africa are availing several concessions under this category.While Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are defined in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) using the UN criteria, there are no WTO criteria for what designates a “developing country”, the Trump administration said in its trade policy agenda and annual report sent to Congress yesterday.

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