Intellectual Property Provisions

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Intellectual Property Provisions
Intellectual Property Provisions

The intellectual property section of a leaked draft of the TPP lays out a minimum level of protections signators must enforce for trademarks, copyright, and patents.

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Trademarks

Trademarks may be visual, auditory or scents, and are granted exclusive use for trade. Copyright is granted at a length of life of author plus 70 years, and makes willful circumvention of protections (such as Digital Rights Management) illegal. The TPP also establishes that “making available” is the exclusive right of the copyright owner.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The enforcement of patents and copyrights

As of December 2011 some provisions relating to the enforcement of patents and copyrights alleged to be present in the US proposal for the agreement had been criticised as being excessively restrictive, beyond those in the Korea–US trade agreement and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Intellectual Property Provisions
Intellectual Property Provisions

WikiLeaks has published draft documents on a regular basis since 2013: On 13 November 2013, it published a complete draft of the treaty’s Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. On 16 October 2014, it released a second updated version of the TPP Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. On 9 October 2015, WikiLeaks published the final TPP Intellectual Property chapter.