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Amari expects significant progress at Japan-U.S. TPP talks

Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks said he expects "significant progress" to be made at Japan-U.S. working-level talks slated to begin Tuesday in Washington. Tokyo and Washington should try to fill gaps "as much as possible" before a planned summit in Tokyo in April, when U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan and other Asian countries, Akira Amari told a press conference.

USTR sets 2014 as goal of signing Pacific free trade deal

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has outlined a goal of concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement in 2014. "In pursuit of job-supporting trade opportunities, the administration will work to conclude negotiations of the TPP in 2014," the office said in a document attached to President Barack Obama's budget blueprint for fiscal 2015.

US names 'notorious markets' for piracy, counterfeiting

The United States on Wednesday named China the leading place for physical markets selling counterfeit goods, while websites in Europe, South America and Canada led in online sales of fakes. US Trade Representative Michael Froman said the Notorious Markets List for 2013 highlights markets that allegedly harm US businesses and jobs by infringing on intellectual property rights.

USTR has not warned India about threatened trade enforcement action: minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The U.S. trade representative has not warned India about a threatened trade enforcement action linked to the country and due to be announced later on Monday, India's trade minister said. Anand Sharma told reporters on Monday he had not been informed about the move, which could further rile ties after an incident last year involving the arrest and strip-search of an Indian consul.

Trade groups seek more U.S. pressure on India over patent protection

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the government to ratchet up pressure on India over intellectual property rights, in a move that could help prevent Indian companies from producing cheap generic versions of medicines still under patent protection.

Trade group seeks more U.S. pressure on India over patent protection

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the government to ratchet up pressure on India over intellectual property rights, in a move that could help prevent Indian companies from producing cheap generic versions of medicines still under patent protection.

Trade group seeks more U.S. pressure on India over patent protection

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the government to ratchet up pressure on India over intellectual property rights, in a move that could help prevent Indian companies from producing cheap generic versions of medicines still under patent protection.

U.S. urges China to implement planned economic reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States urged China on Tuesday to quickly implement planned reforms to open up its economy and said it will keep a close eye on progress as officials work to resolve remaining trade tensions with the world's second-largest economy. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) also said the United States would not hesitate to lodge new disputes with the World Trade Organization if bilateral talks on a range of contentious issues from agriculture to intellectual property failed.

US cites 'many concerns' over China business practices

The United States said Tuesday it harbored "many concerns" over China's business practices, despite significant progress since the country's 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued its findings in its annual report to Congress on China's compliance with WTO regulations. "While progress was made on some meaningful issues ... many issues of concern remain," the USTR report said.

China faced most scrutiny in 2012 over investments in U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese companies faced the most scrutiny over their U.S. acquisitions last year, eclipsing British firms for the first time, according to a report issued on Thursday. Chinese corporations filed 23 notices with U.S. regulators in 2012, up from 10 in 2011 and nearly quadruple the number in 2010, according to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS. This compared with 17 notices from companies from the United Kingdom last year, the report said.
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