The administration has characterized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement as “an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement.” It is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru Singapore and Vietnam — with Canada and Mexico as set to join.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA supports the speedy completion of a high-quality “21st century” Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A 21st-century agreement will contain provisions that permit the smooth functioning of the industry of the 21st century — the Internet. The Internet is visibly revolutionizing the way businesses — including small and medium enterprises — function. Without a smoothly functioning Internet, the negotiated provisions of TPP will not yield the desired gains for TPP citizens.

First, TPP must include balanced intellectual property rules. An intellectual property regime can allow technological progress only if it appropriately balances the competing interests between encouraging investment and enabling information access. Because the international trade regime has generally lacked flexible IP provisionis to promote innovation, it is necessary to modernize the IP provisions of the aging trade framework to be consistent with Internet and high-technology innovation.

Second, TPP should promote the free flow of information online, recognizing that blocking bits at the border is as much as affront to international free trade as blocking physical goods. The ability of U.S. businesses to operate effectively on a global scale depends fundamentally on open information flows. When foreign governments block online information, when businesses are impeded for using the Internet to reach international markets, when secure corporate communications are not assured, the collateral damage is done to U.S. exports and U.S. jobs.

Most Recent Statements&Findings:

CCIA Welcomes EU Digital Strategies

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today released several documents setting out the EU’s policy approach on everything digital. The European Commission President also published an op-ed on “Shaping Europe’s digital future.” The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence released today sets out policy options on how to promote the uptake of AI while addressing the…

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CCIA Submits Comments to WIPO on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Washington — Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on its draft issues paper on artificial intelligence and intellectual property. CCIA previously filed several other recent submissions on the intersection of AI and IP with the USPTO: (1) on patenting AI inventions in November; and (2)…

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CCIA Identifies IP-Related Digital Trade Barriers In USTR Filing

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today requesting that they identify IP-related digital trade barriers in its annual report on other countries’ IP policies that present market access barriers to U.S. industries. New barriers cited in CCIA’s comments include Europe’s recently enacted Copyright…

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CCIA, INCOMPAS Offer Comments On FCC’s Proposed C-Band Spectrum Auction

Washington — In response to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent announcement of a proposed public auction of valuable C-band spectrum, the Computer & Communications Industry Association co-authored a letter to the FCC Wednesday. CCIA and INCOMPAS applauded Chairman Pai’s decision to re-allocate this band of spectrum, which is especially valuable for developing 5G wireless networks.  …

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CCIA Welcomes Countries’ Commitment to Achieve Global Tax Reform in 2020, Warns against Unilateral Taxes

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the OECD Secretariat published the Statement by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy. In the document “members of the Inclusive Framework affirm their commitment to reach an agreement on a consensus-based solution by the end of 2020.”  They intend “to reach…

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