Wikileaks released an updated version of the secret Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter this morning (background on the TPP from my appearance
before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade
earlier this year). The leaked text, which runs 95 pages in length and
is current to August 2013, provides a detailed look not only at the
chapter - it includes the full text - but also the specific positions
being taken by all negotiating countries.
From a Canadian perspective, there is good news and bad news. The good
news is that Canada is pushing back against many U.S. demands by
promoting provisions that are consistent with current Canadian law.
Canada is often joined by New Zealand, Malaysia, Mexico, Chile, Vietnam,
Peru, and Brunei Darussalam. Japan and Singapore are part of this same
group on many issues. Interestingly, Canada has also promoted
Canadian-specific solutions on many issues. The bad news is that the
U.S. - often joined by Australia - is demanding that Canada rollback its
recent copyright reform legislation with a long list of draconian
It is instructive to see how different the objectives of the U.S. are on
intellectual property when compared to virtually all other countries.
With the exception of the U.S., Japan, and Australia, all other TPP
countries have proposed an objectives article (Article QQ.A.2) that
references the need for balance, promotion of the public domain,
protection of public health, and measures to ensure that IP rights
themselves do not become barriers to trade. The opposition to these
objective by the U.S. and Japan (Australia has not taken a position)
speaks volumes about their goals for the TPP.
TagsShareWednesday November 13, 2013