Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Intellectual Property and the new U.S., Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)

The U.S., Mexico and Canada have settled on a trade agreement that is intended to replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  While it hasn't made the news, it does contain intellectual property provisions.  The Association of Research Libraries has created a helpful analysis on those provisions and there is also analysis by Michael Geist. The agreement's text is available on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative web site.

Note that this agreement must be voted on in Congress, in order to be ratified, which will occur during its next session (after the November 2018 elections).

For more information, there are many news story on this, including this one from the Brookings Institution.