[Ip-health] Letter to Senator Leahy (D-VT) urging greater transparency in the TPPA

Krista Cox krista.cox at keionline.org
Thu Jan 26 12:59:07 PST 2012


On January 26, 2012, KEI sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT),
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, calling for greater transparency in
the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The letter highlights the
fact that the general public is kept in the dark regarding negotiating
positions and the actual text while "cleared advisers" and corporate
lobbyists have unequal access to information. It calls for Senator Leahy to
urge the Obama Administration to release the negotiating text in order to
allow full and effective public participation in our democratic society.

The letter, available for download here and reprinted below, calls
attention to the importance of intellectual property rules and policies on
the general public, noting the recent "blackouts" or protests by thousands
of websites over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual
Property Act (PIPA). The intellectual property concerns in the TPPA reach
beyond those of the digital environment, but include a wide range of
patent, copyright and enforcement issues, including access to medicines.

The letter also touches upon a few areas of substantive IP concerns,
including several areas where the U.S. proposal for the TPPA would conflict
with current U.S. laws or legislative efforts to reform problematic areas.

Full text of the letter available at the link above.

Krista Cox
Staff Attorney
Knowledge Ecology International
(202) 332-2670

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