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US yields on patent data as dairy details vex TPP trade talks

Telltale signs appear of complicated, highly politicised negotiation among the 12 countries

MOO-VING ALONG: Final offers on dairy trade were to be submitted on Thursday to be able to secure an agreement by Saturday afternoon.


THE United States on Thursday abandoned its longstanding position on the confidentiality of some patent data as officials immersed themselves in the minutiae of Asia-Pacific dairy markets in a bid to clinch a landmark trade deal.

A day marked by widespread frustration