Andrew Shore, Executive Director of the Owners’ Rights Initiative appeared at the 13th Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Stakeholders meeting in New York City. The TTIP is the trade agreement that is being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. Since 2013, ORI has pushed for inclusion of a provision that will allow US re-sellers – often small, family owned businesses – the ability to sell legitimate, trademarked goods into the EU. Currently trademark holders can block these legitimate sales. Additionally, the EU has a trade advantage where their sellers can export to the United States. Since ORI began this public campaign, not a single scintilla of public opposition has been raised. It’s time for the trade negotiators to act and include this provision – critical for small businesses – in the TTIP.
You can read his testimony here.