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U.S. Bends on Patent Data as Dairy Vexes Pacific Trade Talks

Operations At A Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. Supplying Dairy Farm Ahead Of Half-Year Results
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The U.S. 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 with the slow pace at which Canada took up talks on opening its dairy sector gave way to grinding, all-night talks on the quotas and tariffs that would be applied to products such as whey protein, cheese and milk powder.