Innovative nations: Why USMCA is good for the innovative economies of North America

Following an often-tumultuous negotiating process, the United States, Canada and Mexico have signed a new free-trade agreement, and it’s a good one. While no trade agreement will please everyone, the negotiators came to a deal that will deliver terrific economic benefits.

But ratification is by no means assured. And misplaced fears about some aspects of USMCA – particularly the measures intended to protect North American creators and innovators – threaten to derail it.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), the leading independent public policy think tank in Canada’s capital, in co-operation with the US Chamber of Commerce, is convening an important event in Washington, DC to discuss these complex issues. We will bring together top experts from the three partner nations to discuss the benefits to Canada, the US and Mexico of strong intellectual property protections in the USMCA deal.

Critics in all three countries have been sounding the alarm, claiming unaffordable drug prices, unacceptable restrictions on the use of content, and infringements on freedom on-line. It’s time to put these myths to rest and get behind this vital agreement.

As MLI Munk Senior Fellow Richard Owens, one of the leading Canadian commentators on intellectual property, innovation and trade explains, the IP reforms committed to in the USMCA agreement “will encourage economic growth and improve the innovation environment in Canada.” And they are good for our partners, too.

Event Details:

  • Date: May 23, 2019
  • Time: Registration at 8:00 am, program runs from 8:30 am to 10 am
  • Location: US Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, NW, Washington DC

Breakfast will be served

Confirmed speakers:

  • Richard Owens, Munk Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • Alberto Saracho, President, Fundación IDEA
  • The Honorable Joe Crowley, Honorary Co-Chair, Pass USMCA Coalition, former Representative from New York State
  • Scotty Greenwood, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian American Business Council
  • Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice-President, Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) (moderator)

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