Op-ed: Pacific trade pact must protect U.S. intellectual property

At a recent meeting in Salt Lake City, trade officials from the United States and 11 other nations made important progress on one of the most sweeping free-trade pacts in recent history. Known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the agreement promises to deliver significant economic benefits to the United States by opening up new markets for American goods and services throughout the Pacific Rim.

For the TPP to be effective, however, U.S. trade representatives need to insist on strong intellectual property protections that foster innovation and job creation. If negotiators give up ground on intellectual property, they could end up squandering a historic opportunity to bolster America’s economy.

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