Monthly Archives: June 2014

Visualizing TISA Negotiations

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu Yesterday, Wikileaks released a draft text of the financial services chapter from the Trade in Services Agreement. I’m not going to get into the substance of the treaty or chapter, but … Continue reading

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GIPC guest post on Fair Use fails Copyright Law 101

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu In another instance of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center (GIPC) posting factually incorrect information, on June 11, the GIPC cross-posted a blog post from Plagiarism Today purporting to … Continue reading

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GIPC’s misinformation on plain packaging

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu Protip for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: it’s generally not a good idea to support your policy positions by pointing to the hardships of one of the most reviled industries on … Continue reading

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Special 301: The Politics of Listings

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu As I mentioned in a previous post, decisions about which countries get listed on each year’s Special 301 Report are highly politicized. To begin with, and somewhat at odds with its … Continue reading

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Special 301: Replicating Riker (2012)

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu A previous post discussed Riker’s 2012 article, “Special 301 and Royalty Receipts from U.S. Trade Partners,” published in the International Trade Journal. I mentioned that I was trying to replicate his … Continue reading

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Special 301: Is it Effective?

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu My previous post discussed how Special 301’s enforcement mechanism has rarely been used, and is even less likely to be used in the future. But the frequency with which an enforcement … Continue reading

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Special 301: What’s the Point?

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu This year marks 25 years of Special 301 reports. Most readers are probably familiar with the annual process, in which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) spends about … Continue reading

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