KEI | 26 Jul 2015
USTR proposal in TPP would undermine state sovereign immunity for patents, copyrights
This is a video produced by Zack Struver and Tazio De Tomassi, on July 26, 2015, during the negotiations on the intellectual property and investment chapters of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. USTR is ignoring 1999 US Supreme Court Decisions, see: FLORIDA PREPAID v COLLEGE SAVINGS (98-531) 527 U.S. 627 (1999) , which held that U.S. states cannot be sued for patent, trademark (or copyright) infringement, under the provisions of the 11th Amendment to the U.S. constitution. USTR’s proposals on remedies make the U.S. government liable for such infringements, under the TPP private sector arbitration provisions in the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).