[A2k] KEI Response to Federal Register notice seeking comments regarding Canada's interest in TPPA negotiations

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Wed Jan 11 09:43:12 PST 2012

Response to Federal Register notice seeking comments regarding
Canada's interest in TPPA negotiations


Submitted by Krista Cox on 10. January 2012 - 17:18

On December 7, 2011, USTR issued Federal Register Notice 76480-76481
requesting comments on "Canada's Expression of Interest in the
Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement." USTR issued
similar requests for comments regarding Japan's (Notice 76478-76479)
and Mexico's (Notice 76479-76480) expression of interest in the TPPA.

KEI has submitted a response to this notice available for download here.

The response focuses primarily on intellectual property concerns,
though it also called for greater transparency in the negotiations.
Repeating calls for the release of the negotiating texts, the comments
also cite Senator Sanders' call for greater transparency.

The comments included a general statement encouraging better
protection for consumers with regard to intellectual property
chapters. Because KEI has written on and provided prior submissions on
intellectual property concerns previously, including areas of the USTR
proposal that are inconsistent with current U.S. law, KEI incorporated
these concerns by way of reference to prior documents. In addition,
the response references joint civil society comments and the human
rights complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health.
KEI also notes its opposition to mandatory minimum copyright terms in
the TPPA.

In addition to the concerns about the USTR proposal, our response to
the federal register notice includes several suggestions on a positive
agenda for the TPPA. One suggestion is that the TPPA should provide
for the cross-border sharing of accessible format works that are
produced under copyright limitations and exceptions. Another area is
to consider alternative approaches to the Paragraph 6 system of the
Doha Declaration to explicitly permit export of medical inventions
manufactured under compulsory licenses. Additionally, the comments
proposes the inclusion of chapters on access to knowledge and for a
supply of public goods.


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