Feeds

TPP treaty nearly ready to roll over us, says Oz minister

Agriculture, not copyright, still contentious

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

An Australian government minister has said he expects the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to be finalised soon.

Talks on the treaty – which has been criticised for following a corporate America agenda on issues like patents, copyright law, and investor-state dispute settlement – stalled late last year.

At the time, the US negotiator noted that the Salt Lake City talks “were not progressing according to plan”.

Now, Australia's trade minister Andrew Robb has told The Australian that the treaty is “ready to be sealed. A few big things have to end up back on the table yet, but it is close.” The story is here, but paywalled.

It seems that Robb does not believe copyright criminalisation, the “evergreening” of pharmaceutical patents, or copyright extension – three issues over which America found itself more or less isolated in December in Salt Lake City – are still contentious. He told The Australian the TPP “requires some market access issues to be put on the table”.

Robb highlighted only agricultural issues as still to be resolved. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.