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    US Pharmaceutical Lobby Ensures TPP Patent Rules Restrict Free Trade

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    US pharmaceutical lobbyists have made certain that the hotly-debated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement contains extremely strict patent drug regulations that will stifle innovation and suppress free trade, experts told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The TPP is a trade pact currently being negotiated in unusual secrecy between the United States and 12 Asian and Pacific Rim nations. US pharmaceutical giants have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to US Senators who voted for the TPP legislation that passed last week, according to data from MapLight.

    "When it comes to patented pharmaceuticals, the Americans want 37 years of patent protection," University of Kansas Law Professor Raj Bhala told Sputnik. "It [TPP] is not free trade, it’s managed trade… in the interest of well-connected, political and economic elite."

    The US Trade Representative (USTR) governing body responsible for negotiation the controversial treaty, Bhala explained, is attempting to export US patent law, including a 12-year data exclusivity regulation, in addition to drug patent protections of up to 25 years, onto other TPP countries.

    Competitors looking to make affordable generic versions of these potentially life-saving drugs would be prohibited from obtaining data from taxpayer-funded US federal drug trials until 12 years after a patent expires, Bhala stated, making it almost impossible to certify a generic alternative to sell in the United States until long after a particular drug's relevance to the marketplace has expired.

    Pharmaceutical companies want to protect extremely profitable drug brands, especially biologics, for treating cancer and diabetes. For-profit, publicly-traded, multinational drug companies currently charge $20,000 to $400,000 per person for a course of treatment for these cutting edge medications, Bhala noted.

    Cato Institute scholar and international trade attorney Scott Lincicome told Sputnik that, while the TPP provides US companies with streamlined, limited-regulation access to Asian markets, overly-strict drug patents actually contradict free-market principles.

    "Sometimes these guys go beyond simple market access… drug companies want longer patent terms, say ten years or twelve years," Lincicome said. "Now that veers away from your traditional free market orthodoxy."

    In the 20th century and earlier, Lincicome added, a 10 or even a 20-year patent could be legally acceptable because the pace of innovation was much slower.

    "A cotton gin remained a cotton gin for 50 years," Lincicome explained. "[Today] software and drugs innovate so quickly that having a ten-year patent term basically means you have protection for the entire life of that product."

    On June 24, Japan's Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said the parties involved with the TPP could reach a broad agreement by the end of July.

    Proponents of the TPP treaty claim that it focuses on enhancing trade and investment among TPP partner countries to create innovation, economic growth and economic development.

    Opponents to the deal point out the secrecy in negotiations, the urgency of the talks and revelations from leaked sections of the proposal, detailing extra-judicial legal systems that would supplant sovereign nation government legal processes.

    US lawmakers opposed to the deal claim also that, beyond the extraordinary secrecy, the treaty lacks stringent labor standards, and will ship jobs overseas.

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      davidehsmith
      POLITICAL LAW; 'IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS' (I do not know & I will Not Know)?

      ECONOMIC LAW; There is only a Finite Amount of Global Value; it does Not Grow, or, Shrink, it just moves around. And, the TPP & Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ just Funnel it to Global Corporate Signatories & Shareholders.

      YOUR Accelerating ‘AUSTERITY’ is Absolutely NECESSARY in order to Pay Corporate Leaders/Assocs. & Shareholders Their PENALTIES of Treaties’/Arrangements’ Tribunals.
      Come ON!
      Just ‘PATRIOTICALLY’ (Supplicantly) SUPPORT YOUR NATIONAL ‘RULING CLASS’ & their Assocs.

      How long before Japan & other TPP Signatories hear,
      ‘Well, you should have known…’; Pres. G.H. Bush said re; Corporate America ‘Arranged’ Reneging on NAFTA ‘dispute resolution’? Unethically More Profitable for Globalized ‘U.S.’ Corporations to Pay Lobbyists & Not Pay Taxes
      than to Pay Patriotic, Taxpaying American Workers & Accounting/BANKING SERVICE Industries.

      Scrutinizing TPP & Global Treaties/’Arrangements see; the ACLU/NAACP re;
      ‘The Submission’:
      ‘The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, Australia, Canada, the nations of the Trans Pacific, the EU, et al
      v
      the harmless Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al’
      including
      ‘The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?’

      Secrecy 4 – 5 years after Ratification for Wall St. to Muddy the Insider Trading & ‘IPO’ Trails; the lil’ Trader, Pension Funds, Public, et al, Don’t Stand a Chance.

      ***
      FULL Article, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com

      ‘What the TREATY of VERSAILLES was to the 20th century PALES in COMPARISON to the TPP, CETA, C-CIT, NAFTA, et al, in the 21st’.

      For a ‘Unique’ Approach to

      Mulcair 'Fights' One, Less Significant Point for 'Throw away' VICTORY while Giving a 'Nod' to Substantive 99 % of TPP & Global Treaties/’Arrangements. Hmmmmm...

      POLITICAL LAW; 'IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS' (I do not know & I will Not Know)?

      ECONOMIC LAW; There is only a Finite Amount of Value/Wealth in the World; it does Not Grow, or, Shrink, it just moves around. And, the TPP & Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ just Funnel it to Global Corporate Signatories & Shareholders.

      YOUR Accelerating ‘AUSTERITY’ is Absolutely NECESSARY in order to Pay Corporate Leaders/Assocs. & Shareholders Their PENALTIES of Treaties’/Arrangements’ Tribunals.
      Come ON!
      Just ‘PATRIOTICALLY’ (Supplicantly) SUPPORT YOUR NATIONAL ‘RULING CLASS’ & their Assocs.

      How long before Japan & other TPP Signatories hear,
      ‘Well, you should have known…’; Pres. G.H. Bush said re; Corporate America ‘Arranged’ Reneging on NAFTA ‘dispute resolution’? Unethically More Profitable for Globalized ‘U.S.’ Corporations to Pay Lobbyists & Not Pay Taxes
      than to Pay Patriotic, Taxpaying American Workers & Accounting/BANKING SERVICE Industries.

      Scrutinizing TPP & Global Treaties/’Arrangements see; the ACLU/NAACP re;
      ‘The Submission’:
      ‘The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, Australia, Canada, the nations of the Trans Pacific, the EU, et al
      v
      the harmless Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al’
      including
      ‘The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?’

      Secrecy 4 – 5 years after Ratification for Wall St. to Muddy the Insider Trading & ‘IPO’ Trails; the lil’ Trader, Pension Funds, Public, et al, Don’t Stand a Chance.


      TPP & Global Treaties/'Arrangements’;
      U.S. has made the Same Mistake that ‘Canada’ is Continuing to Make. Corporate Canada’s (Harper’s) Deliberate With-Holding Key Info from Treaty Partners Could Start Global Economic Meltdown with No Remorse for Misleading other Treaty Signatories.

      What do you think is a good criteria for ascertaining the health & robustness of an un-secret treaty? How will ‘The Criteria’ limit the Abuses of the Secret Treaties for the Taxpayers?

      What are the various different ways that we can All prevent The Secrecy Abuse, whether it be Human Rights Abuses like The Residential Schools, or, Civil Rights Abuses like the ‘foreign’, /or, ‘domestic’ treaties?

      If Not 'Treason', then, there are very compelling arguments for concluding that the corporations, whether they be, foreign, domestic, &/or, a blend, that do not respect the 'lesser' jurisdictions, ie. individual states, provinces, territories, or, municipalities, are not good corporate citizens of the host countries & thus, can be treated as 'persona non grata'.

      Should Congressmen & Parliamentarians Have to Sully Their ‘Beliefs’ & Sales Pitches with ‘Sordid’ Facts that Come from Actually Reading & Understanding Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ Just the Facts; ‘We’, The People can Draw our Own Conclusions?
      2 Republican Senators Admit that They Have read the TPP.
      Zero Canadian Admissions.
      Congress/Parliaments; Deluded, or, Deluding; 'IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS' (I do not know & I will Not Know)?
      ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodies’? (Who Will Guard the Guards?)


      Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ with their Secret ‘Death-Star-Chamber’ Tribunals that The Global (non BRICS) Corporate Economy is in the Process of Secretly Passing will Finally Legitimize its Ability to secretly move money around, ie. ‘launder’ without Fear of Legal/government Regulation; ie. It’s the Global Corporate Economy’s Own Jurisdiction & they Insist that you Pay for it & Not them.

      Corporate America’s Last Chance to Legitimize their Fleecing the Little, harmless Guy (95% - 99% of U.S.) Before Tanking the Global (non BRICS) Economy? Exploitable ‘Vulnerabilities’, Holes & Back Doors to Close.

      Global Treaties Not about How Much Trade, but, How to ‘Vichy’ Profits & Who to Trade with to 'Undermine' AIIB.

      Not ‘good corporate citizens’ of the host countries respecting existing ‘lesser’ jurisdictions, then 'persona non grata'.
      Making the leaders of TPP, Shareholders, et al, 'Persona non Grata'; Shareholders' Meetings I.D. Toxic Neighbors, In-laws, et al?

      Treaty Signatories Unwittingly Liable for W.A.D. Accord Compensation?
      Global Corporate Leaders (G-7) may have similar ‘Difficulties’ Dealing with Corporate Canada’s Pariah Prime Minister Harper as Pope Francis has ‘Difficulties’ Apologizing to the PM Harper for Residential Schools’ Abuses while PM Continues to Blame & Punish Those Who He Has Been Deliberately Depriving of the Info? Signatories Beware.

      But, If Not PUTIN; 'The WHITE KNIGHT', then Who Do YOU Want to Bankroll the Saving of the harmless NON shareholders of the World from Fast Tracking TPP's, CETA's (TTIP) Secret 'Death-Star-Chamber' Tribunal Penalties?
      Will Iran, China, the Muslim World, et al, Support Putin in Suits?
      How about Warren Buffett, &/or, the 'coveted' Hong Kong investor, et al?
      ***
      FULL Article, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com
      ***
      Also see; ‘The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or Be Sued?’ (davidehsmith.wordpress.com)
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