Trade Ministers Gather To Attempt To Finalize TPP; Drug Patent Protections Remain Controversial

Agence France-Presse: Pacific trade ministers aim to seal TPP trade pact
“Top trade representatives of 12 Pacific Rim countries begin two days of talks in Atlanta Wednesday hoping to finalize the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement after July negotiations in Hawaii failed. … A handful of issues bogged down the talks in Hawaii, including how the U.S. treats imports of Japanese auto parts, the length of patent protections for increasingly important biologic drugs, and open markets for dairy products from major producers such as New Zealand…” (Handley, 9/30).