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UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices

As President Trump visits China, U.S. is investigating a longstanding issue in bilateral relationship—technology transfer/intellectual property requirements—that has potential implications for trade. U.S. business and...more

IP and healthcare in South East Asia: “Bigger than BRIC”. So why aren’t you filing your patent applications there?

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The South East Asian healthcare market is emerging as one of great importance, expected to experience faster rates of healthcare spending growth over the next 5 years than the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries...more

Canada Initiates Stakeholder Consultations on a New Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

by Dickinson Wright on

On September 30, 2017, Global Affairs Canada announced that it has commenced a consultation process regarding a new Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP-11”). The consultation process is part of a renewed effort to...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Workshop on Competition in the Prescription Drug Market

On November 8, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will hold a workshop entitled, “Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics.” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2017

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U.K. Revenue And Customs Head Testifies On Post-Brexit Border And Customs Issues On September 14, 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament Treasury Committee met with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officials to...more

An Update on Foreign Investment Control in Germany

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The German government recently tightened regulations on foreign investments in Germany in order to restrict non-EU/foreign acquisitions of German companies in certain industries. On 18 July 2017 an amendment to the German...more

The United States Munitions List: When Guns Come Off of the ITAR

In our blog shop, most of the news we scan is the nerdy minutia of regulatory nuance. But the other day, we found big news, a real scoop. The ITAR will be rewritten to remove guns and ammunition from its control....more

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

by White & Case LLP on

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation – Frequently Asked Questions and Take-Aways for Downstream Companies (or Why Should I Care...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In late May, the European Union published the final text of its recently adopted conflict minerals regulation (the “Regulation”), which was more than seven years in the making. On almost a daily basis, we are asked by clients...more

Will NAFTA Renegotiation Bring Joy to Retailers?

by Perkins Coie on

Retailers are looking ahead to the holiday season, but many are also watching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation, which is ambitiously (and improbably) slated to conclude around the holiday season....more

The Arctic Report Exclusive: A Look at NAFTA Renegotiation

by K&L Gates LLP on

For years, Arctic industry leaders, policymakers, and international organizations have eagerly promoted the future of international trade in the Arctic. The now annual breaking of global heat records suggests an ice-free...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - July 2017

by King & Spalding on

Ambassador Lighthizer Visits Congress To Discuss The President’s Trade Policy Agenda - In June, the Senate Finance Committee and Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives held hearings on the new...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Visits Congress To Discuss The President’s Trade Policy Agenda

by King & Spalding on

In June, the Senate Finance Committee and Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives held hearings on the new administration’s trade policy agenda. During the hearings, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert...more

Commerce And USTR Hold Public Hearing On U.S. Trade Deficit

by King & Spalding on

On May 18, 2017, Commerce and USTR held a public hearing on U.S. Trade Deficits. The hearing was held in response to Executive Order 13786, issued by President Trump, which instructed the agencies to prepare and submit an...more

Trump’s More Restrictive Cuba Policy: Specifics to Come

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017 during a speech in Miami, President Trump announced changes to US sanctions targeting Cuba. The speech announced two substantial changes to the previous administration’s Cuban sanctions regime: first, the new...more

Globalization in the Trump Era: A Snapshot at Five Months

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The era of globalization may not be over, but the post-World War II global trading regime is undergoing a period of stress last seen during the demise of the Bretton Woods exchange mechanism in the early 1970s. I. General...more

CBP Updates Regulations to Eliminate Consumptive Demand Exception to Prohibition on the Importation of Goods Made with Forced...

On June 8, 2017, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published a final rule that removes the consumptive-demand exception from its regulations that implement the prohibition on the importation of merchandise that has been...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2017 Economic Outlook

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In our Fall 2016 Economic Outlook, we set out at some length our analysis of the main factors which have contributed to the low “new normal” growth rates the world has experienced since 2011. We argued that trend annual...more

Internet Powerhouses Make Priorities Known To U.S. Trade Representative

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a letter dated May 16, 2017, the Internet Association, an trade group representing some of the largest internet companies in the country (and the world), pressed newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer...more

Trump Administration Delivers Formal Notice of NAFTA Renegotiations - Opportunity Available for Industry to Provide Comments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on May 23, 2017, issued a notice requesting comments from private industry and other interested parties on upcoming negotiations regarding the North American Free Trade...more

U.S.-China “100-Day Plan” On Trade

by King & Spalding on

On April 6-7, 2017, President Trump hosted President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago for the first meeting between the two leaders. The meetings covered a number of important topics including economic and trade issues, and...more

Trump Administration Announces NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

After months of public pronouncements on the future, including threatened withdrawal from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump Administration announced on May 18, 2017, its intention to begin...more

Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House formally notified Congress on Thursday of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - May 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Early April felt almost normal. There was no blowup in U.S.-Mexico relations and the Mexican economy performed well. Then came President Trump’s renewed broadsides, insisting that Mexico will pay for...more

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