WASHINGTON, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Defenders of Property Rights today
announced plans to petition Acting U.S. Trade Representative, Peter Allgeier,
to revoke Brazil's preferred trade status with the United States, otherwise
known as the Generalized System of Preferences. The United States is
reviewing Brazil's GSP status and is expected to reach a decision by March 31,
"Brazil's failure to enforce existing property right laws demands a
revocation in their GSP status with the U.S.," said Nancie Marzulla, president
of Defenders of Property Rights. "Brazil's intellectual property rights
abuses under the leadership of President Lula threaten the strength and growth
of the American economy."
Brazil, one of America's largest trading partners, exported goods valued
at $21.3 billion in 2003 to the U.S., of which, 14 percent enjoyed duty-free
status. In January 2001, due to a petition from the International
Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) for a chronic lack of enforcement of
copyright laws, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) placed Brazil on
the Special 301 Watchlist.
The withdrawal of duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of
Preferences would send a strong message to the government of Brazil, which has
relied on its special duty-free trade status to develop into the world's 11th
Brazil announced last week that it intends to break patents on AIDS drugs,
demanding that U.S. companies forfeit their intellectual property rights,
opening the door for further intellectual property abuses.
About Defenders of Property Rights
Defenders of Property Rights was founded in 1991 to counterbalance the
governmental threat to private property as a result of a broad range of
regulations. We believe that society can achieve important social objectives
such as protection of our environment and preservation of our national
heritage without destroying private property rights or undermining free market
principles. For further information, please contact: John Procter at
202-772-2179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Defenders of Property Rights