Lawyers down under slam US proposal for IP treaty
Lawyers in Australia and New Zealand have strongly criticised a leaked US draft of the IP chapter of a multilateral free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership
If signed in its current form,
the treaty would compel both countries to change their IP
"I’d be horrified if some of these suggested
changes became part of our law without proper debate," said
Sheana Wheeldon, a partner at Kensington Swan in Auckland.
The US has drafted the IP chapter of the
Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral free trade agreement
being negotiated in secret by Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and
Singapore, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia and the US.
The 38-page IP chapter was supposed to be classified until
four years after the agreement entered into force, or four
years after the close of negotiations if no agreement is
Knowledge Ecology International, an advocacy group, published
the IP chapter on its website and has urged Congress to
"intervene and require such texts be made public
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