Group Asks US Congress to Punish Brazil and Thai Drug Piracy

Drug patent An American group called USA For Innovation released an open letter to Members of the United States Congress reminding them of the importance of intellectual property to the American economy and to encourage them to confront threats from Brazil and Thailand, which they accuse of intellectual piracy.

In the letter, the association's executive director, ambassador Ken Adelman, cites the enormous value of intellectual property to the U.S. economy at between US$ 5 trillion and US$ 5.5 trillion, equal to approximately 45% of the U.S. GDP, and greater than the GDP of any other nation in the world.

The document also talks about its concern with Brazil's pursuit of its own compulsory license last week following in the steps of Thailand.  The implication of such actions, Adelman says, is that it  "hurts local firms in Brazil and Thailand trying to attract foreign investment. It hurts their patients, who will no longer have access to patented medicines which, in many cases, are the only treatments proven safe and effective…"

Noting that Thailand is presently a recipient of "military, humanitarian and other forms of assistance from the U.S. government, in addition to private donations from millions of American charities…" Adelman concludes that "it seems appropriate to remind leaders of these countries that the United States will protect innovation-producing American firms and jobs. Doing so now, in a vigorous manner, will save lives in these countries and throughout the world…"

USA For Innovation presents itself as a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of intellectual property and continued innovation around the globe.

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  • AES

    The removal of the ‘tax’ on ethanol would not be ‘quid pro quo’.

  • ch.c.

    The removal of the ‘tax’ on ethanol would not be ‘quid pro quo’. ???????
    a) what has taxes to do with IP ??????
    b) if you are right on ethanol, then Brazil should also eliminate their 100 % import tax on foreign cars and PCs !!!!
    c) or the USA should reciprocate by no taxing the 54 Us cents per gallon on ethanol. Reciprocity dictates 100 % import tax…TOO !
    Thus far more than the 54 cents !!!!! Right or not ?
    d) If you look at the Brazilian ethanol export market prices, it includes EXPORT TAX……ON TOP of the corporate taxes !!!!!
    Hopefully you finally understand why Lula is against the 54 cents Us tax : so that he can charge more….EXPORT TAX !!!!!!

  • AES

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=altDpGuDzpF0&refer=home
    The U.S. Chamber called breaking the patent a “major step backwards” for Brazil just days after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative upgraded the country’s compliance score with international intellectual property protections for its crackdown on counterfeiting and piracy.

    “Brazil is working to attract investment in innovative industries that rely on IP, and this move will likely cause investments to go elsewhere,” the Chamber’s vice president for international affairs, Daniel Christman, said in an e-mailed statement.

    [url]http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=altDpGuDzpF0&refer=home[/url]

  • bo

    You can’t have it both ways…
    Which unfortunately, is all some countries ever seem to want. Maybe some financial barriers to the U.S. market or a blockade to these markets that are not respecting international law would be appropriate.

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