US China Trade Negotiations – Well, that didn’t go as planned

A little over a month ago, I attended Managing IP’s US Patent Forum in NYC and heard an excellent presentation by Ellen Syzmanski, of the US Chamber of Commerce, Global Intellectual Property Center. Among other things, and a little ahead of the news that broke in the next couple of days, Ms. Syzmanski mentioned that she had it on good authority that a trade deal with China was imminent. Needless to say, the comment sparked hope and interest in an already engaged crowd. Unfortunately, things have deteriorated since then, and yesterday, the US Trade Representative announced in the Federal Register that the duty on certain products from China was being raised from 10 to 25 percent. Not surprisingly, the NYT is reporting today that the trade talks with China have ended without a deal.