A TPPA time waster for the IT sector

With another round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement out of the way, the local IT sector is no closer to having any faith in the government's IP negotiators or the consultative process.

We were in the foyer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra and the industry briefing for the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) had just concluded.  ‘You’re lucky you’re in the Services chapter’, is what a jovial Tom* from information technology said to me, ‘the IP chapter is a real problem.’

How big a problem? Well, let’s just say that the government negotiators and the representative of the IP industry aren’t exactly following the same playbook.

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