Brazil will seek to break intellectual property rights on U.S.-made prescription drugs, music, books, software and movies in a bid to force the U.S. government to end cotton subsidies that violate global trade rules, said a Bloomberg report.
Brazil’s government submitted a list of products that may have royalties, copyrights and patents suspended as part of $829 million in retaliatory sanctions authorized by the World Trade Organization, the report said.
The WTO in August ruled that Brazil may impose annual sanctions on U.S. imports because the cotton subsidies violate trade regulations. Of the amount awarded, Brazil will adopt penalties on intellectual property rights totaling $239 million this year.
Brazil and U.S. still have room to negotiate an agreement to avoid the application of the sanctions, Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, the report said. President Lula Inacio Lula da Silva blamed the “fighting” over the agricultural subsidies on the U.S.’s refusal to sign an accord during the Doha round of global trade talks.
The U.S. government asked for more time before engaging in talks as coordination with the Congress is needed on agricultural subsidies, the report said.
The list of sanctions published today will be open to public consultation for 20 days before taking effect, according to the report. Patents on veterinary and biotechnology products will also be affected by the measures announced today.