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Say Hello to Increased IP Protection – USMCA

After 14 months of intense negotiations, the United States, Canada and Mexico reached a new trilateral trade agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”). The new Intellectual Property Section of the USMCA is 63 pages in length and contains provisions relating to copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial designs, trade secrets, border enforcement and digital trade. The USMCA provides increased protection for IP owners. For example, data protection for biologics extends from 8 years to 10 years and patent terms can be adjusted for unreasonable patent office delays. The Intellectual Property Section of the USMCA can be found here.

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