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Making the Case for Free Trade
By Anthony McAuliffe

 A group of organizations has written an open letter to Congress to show their strong support for free trade. We are proud to be one of the organizations signing on to this letter, as it reinforces our ideals that supporting free market principles is the only way to achieve prosperity for all people in the U.S. We believe that one of the key components of free trade is the establishment of strong protection for intellectual property. 

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New Zealand Plain Packaging Bill is a Mistake
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 3:25 pm | By Anthony McAuliffe

It was recently announced that the New Zealand parliament may impose a bill that would force cigarette companies to use plain packaging by 2017. For those unaware, plain packaging is an initiative to reduce smoking by prohibiting cigarette companies from using logos or trademarks on packages of their products . The effort by New Zealand is part of a campaign to completely end smoking in the country by 2025. The campaign for plain packaging is not only an ineffective effort to reduce smoking, but also a clear violation of intellectual property laws. 

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PRA condemns the UNHLP on Access to Medicine as an assault on IP
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4:24 pm | By Lorenzo Montanari

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2016
 
Washington, DC - The Property Rights Alliance (PRA) condemns the new Report by the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel (UNHLP) on Access to Medicine as an assault on intellectual property rights and the free market economy.
 

The panel was convened under a flawed premise by the Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon that access to health technologies clashed with “the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law and trade rules”. It is no small wonder then how the panel concluded with equally incoherent recommendations such as negotiations for a binding convention to delink costs of research and development from end prices, advice to governments to streamline procedures for compulsory licensing, and for university research institutions to refrain from protecting their new discoveries.  

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