The 16th round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership wrapped up in Singapore this week, and according to the official press release the intellectual property chapter is one of a small number of chapters (along with competition and environment) that remain unresolved, and will be the focus of the remaining negotiating rounds.
Jeremy Malcolm, fresh from the 15th round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Auckland, New Zealand, answers some questions about the progress of the negotiations, the rising tide of opposition to their secrecy, and how they could affect Internet freedoms.
Q: As the Auckland round wraps up, what is the public feeling about the TPP negotiations?
As the 15th round of TPP negotiations is approaching in December at Auckland, New Zealand, we keep in view the sensitivity of the issues arising from the ongoing TPPA negotiating text. Specifically the issues highlighted through the two leaked chapters of TPP on Intellectual Property Rights and Investment. These leaked chapters has sparked an extensive debate regarding national and public interests in Intellectual Property Rights and investment policy.