The eleven countries negotiating the TPP are in negotiations in Singapore from March 4 through 13.
Inside U.S. Trade reports that “the main issue intellectual ptoperty negotiators are discussing here is enforcement… negotiators have made more progress here than in past rounds,” and chief negotiators have been participating more with the chapter negotiations. There have also been discussions on IP and pharmaceuticals, at which Canada and Mexico described their domestic IP frameworks, and at which countries have reiterated their opposition to the existing U.S. proposal. The U.S. does not plan to table additional text on IP and pharmaceuticals this round, but there is speculation that text will be introduced in the next round in Peru in May.
Some of the statements and news that have come out are listed below:
- Consumers International. Update from the 16th Round of the Trans Pacific Partnership in Singapore.
- Derechos Digitales. #NoTPP: SOPA en Chile?
- EFF Secretive Copyright Negotiations Continue at the 16th Round of TPP Talks.
- Oxfam. US proposals under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to exacerbate Vietnam’s access to medicines crisis.
- MSF. As Clock Ticks Toward Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Deadline, U.S. Must End Stall Tactics on Access to Medicines.