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What TPP could mean for NZ’s IP

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NZ Lawyer | 10 Aug 2015, 10:48 a.m. Agree 0
With Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations tipped to be soon underway again, two pre-eminent NZ IP specialists discuss potential implications of the treaty on NZ’s intellectual property space.
  • Rob Ord | 11 Aug 2015, 07:47 a.m. Agree 0
    Patent term extensions should not be on a New Zealand TPP agenda where the patentor is already well-to-do. This issue isn't about law. It is about blatant corporate opportunism influencing law ... 70+ years indeed! Unless the patentor is a client, then just as in criminal law, lawyers-as-citizens can decry the greed, while lawyers-as-instructed do their jobs - of course. As one whose great grandfather's patents opened up the Canadian railway system, I hereby decry the greed implicit in even allowing such negotiations to be considered.
  • Andrew Matthews | 12 Aug 2015, 06:22 p.m. Agree 0
    I'm a big fan of the benefits of trade. There is an interesting discussion in the latest Economist on whether patents provide the benefits suggested – there is a strongly expressed view that the evidence does not support the alleged benefits (a potential exception being pharmaceuticals).
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