The Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), held in Washington in late November marked the final bilateral meeting of the Obama administration. This year’s event saw some progress in areas such as intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and implementing prior commitments on discriminatory innovation promotion policies. At the same time, it appears that differences on overcapacity and biotech seed approvals remain.
The US-China Business Council (USCBC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) hosted a debriefing with officials from the US Embassy in Beijing who will have participated in this year’s JCCT negotiations.
Speakers included Sarah Kemp, Minister Counselor, Foreign Commercial Service, Brett Gerson, Commercial Officer, Foreign Commercial Service, James Green, Minister Counselor, USTR, Lisa Rigoli, Deputy Agency Chief, USTR, Joel Blank, IPR Attaché, USPTO, Bruce Zanin, Minister Counselor, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Evan Felsing, Acting Minister Counselor, Economic Section, Department of State.