TPP and Intellectual Property: Growing Concerns

Date01 February 2013
AuthorAmitendu Palit
Published date01 February 2013
Subject MatterArticles
TPP and Intellectual
Property: Growing
Amitendu Palit
Promoted as a high-quality twenty-first century trade agreement for the Asia-
Pacific, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has generated concerns over several
WTO plus issues it is negotiating. This article examines the concerns on intellec-
tual property rules with respect to patents and copyrights. While large emerging
markets like China and India are not part of the TPP, growth of a rigid intellectual
property regime as proposed by the TPP in the Asia-Pacific, will have several
implications for them, particularly in innovations and production of generic phar-
maceuticals, as discussed by the article.
JEL: F13, F55, F59, O34, O38
TPP, IPR, patents, copyrights, intellectual property, market access
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement remained inconclusive despite
extensive consultations between negotiators and stakeholders in the 14th round of
negotiations at Leesburg, Virginia in the US. Held from September 6–15, 2012,
the meeting had the highest stakeholder participation among all the three rounds
of negotiations held in the US this year. More than 450 stakeholders representing
around 250 organizations registered for the event. The stakeholders included var-
ied interest groups drawn from industries, businesses, regulatory bodies, profes-
sional councils, academia and civil society. The large and diverse participation
reflected high interest in the outcomes of the negotiations. However, despite
lengthy negotiations, issues remained unresolved.
Foreign Trade Review
48(1) 153–159
©2013 Indian Institute of
Foreign Trade
SAGE Publications
Los Angeles, London,
New Delhi, Singapore,
Washington DC
DOI: 10.1177/001573251204800109
Amitendu Palit is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian
Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore (NUS). E-mail:

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