The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is still off and on. TPP negotiations in Washington this week on various free trade matters including IPRs broke down again. The TPP is an initiative from the United States which aims to grow trade and investment in Asia-Pacific. The partners are Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and from SE Asia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Controversially the TPP includes stronger standards for IPR protection and a number of emerging 21st century IP issues. However its application to emerging economies is worrying many people.
- allowing the patentability of surgical methods
- placing limitations on access to affordable medicines
- making ISPs responsible for policing copyright infringement
- lengthening the term of copyright protection.