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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property and Trade in the Pacific Rim
  • Matthew Rimmer, Queensland University of Technology
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a mega-regional trade deal, spanning the Pacific Rim. As well as dealing with traditional matters of trade and commerce, the agreement tackles such subjects as intellectual property, electronic commerce, and investor-state dispute settlement. This book considers the Intellectual Property chapter of the TPP. In particular, it focuses upon the debate over copyright term, copyright exceptions, intermediary liability, and technological protection measures. The book also examines the negotiations over trade mark law, cybersquatting, geographical indications, and the plain packaging of tobacco products. It also explores the debate over patent law and access to essential medicines, data protection and biologics, and the protection of trade secrets. The work also investigates the treatment of Indigenous intellectual property, access to genetic resources, and plant breeders’ rights. With the departure of the USA under President Donald Trump, a number of the most controversial parts of the TPP have been suspended. However, there remains concern that such provisions will be revived – if the USA rejoined the TPP at a later date under a future President.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership,
  • Intellectual Property,
  • Trade,
  • Pacific Rim,
  • Electronic Commerce,
  • Investor-state dispute settlement,
  • copyright law,
  • patent law,
  • trademark law,
  • geographical indications,
  • plain packaging of tobacco products,
  • biologics,
  • Indigenous Intellectual property,
  • Plant breeders' rights,
  • International law,
  • access to genetic resources
Publication Date
January, 2020
Edward Elgar
Citation Information
Matthew Rimmer. The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property and Trade in the Pacific Rim. Cheltenham and Northampton (MA)(2020)
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