Summary: On 9 March 2016, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced the release of a consultation document that seeks feedback on how the Government proposes to implement the intellectual property changes required to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.
The consultation document focuses on those areas where New Zealand has some flexibility in how it implements its TPP intellectual property obligations. These include:
- a revised regime for the protections of technological protection measures
- a more extensive regime for performers’ rights
- patent term extensions to compensate for any unreasonable delays in patent grants
- patent term extensions to compensate for any unreasonable delay as a result of Medsafe’s marketing approval process
- new powers for Customs to detain goods that are suspected of infringing copyright or trade marks.
How to Make a Submission
- Submissions on the consultation document are due by 5pm on 30 March 2016.
- Please email your submissions to email@example.com.