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Obama shake-up threatens USTR

James Nurton, London

US President Barack Obama wants to consolidate six government agencies, including the US Trade Representative, into one new authority

The USTR is an executive office of the President, and is responsible for developing and coordinating international trade, commodity and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.

One of its roles is monitoring IP enforcement and it produces the annual Special 301 Report on IP enforcement worldwide.


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