Gina M. Vetere

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US Launches Investigation into China’s Technology Transfer & IP Practices

United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) Robert E. Lighthizer launched an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (“Section 301”) into acts, policies, and practices of the Chinese government as they relate to “technology transfer, intellectual property [IP], and innovation.” The August 18 announcement of the investigation came just days after President Donald … Continue Reading

Trump Moves on Steel Under Section 232

On April 20, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum announcing that the Secretary of Commerce had initiated an investigation to determine the effects of imported steel on national security. The investigation was initiated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. I. Conduct of Section 232 Investigations Under Section 232, Secretary … Continue Reading

What’s New in the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter

Note: This post is the third in a series of posts on the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by Covington’s International and Public Policy lawyers.  The final TPP text, which was released on November 5, 2015, is available here.  TPP is not expected to enter into force until at least 2016, with the … Continue Reading

Next steps for TPP Deal

Yesterday, the twelve countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) announced that they have reached an agreement. While this represents a significant milestone after more than five years of intensive negotiations, there is still a long road ahead before this agreement can enter into force for the United States – from releasing text to the … Continue Reading

Tackling Trade Barriers

Advances in our rules-based global trading system have been slow in recent years as efforts to establish new rules and assure compliance with existing rules have struggled.  Last week, I participated in a panel discussion of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) new report, entitled “The Global Mercantalist Index: A New Approach to Ranking … Continue Reading

Indonesia Election Results May Improve Opportunities for Foreign Investors

On July 9, Indonesians went to the polls to vote for the nation’s second directly-elected President.  Neither candidate has conceded, and official results will not be announced until July 22.  However, independent polling and election monitoring organizations point to the loss of Prabowo Subianto, a Suharto-era general, to relative newcomer Joko Widodo, a reformist mayor … Continue Reading

A Critical Opportunity to Promote Gold Standard Investment Protections

The United States and the European Union are currently negotiating a comprehensive, high standard trade agreement.  Launched in 2013, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) seeks to unlock economic growth by further opening the US and EU markets, addressing regulatory barriers that result in significant costs to companies operating or seeking to operate on … Continue Reading
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