Submission to the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

OSIA recently lodged a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade on Australia's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. "OSIA supports Australia entering into further treaties to promote free trade, both in the Pacific region and globally." "It is of concern, however, that what little of TPP we’ve seen (in the form of various leaked negotiating drafts) does not appear to be such a treaty. Rather, it seeks to broaden the scope of the subject matter to which limited monopolies are granted by way of copyright, patent or trade mark, largely, it would seem, to the benefit of a small cohort of related industry sectors in one Party, at the expense of others." The full text of the response can be downloaded below. (Read more to see download link if not visible.)
Date: 
Monday, 24 June, 2013