tpp5Last week IITP President Ian Taylor raised concerns with Trade Minister Tim Groser about several aspects of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in relation to tech, and especially whether New Zealand’s current position banning software patents would be traded away. You can read that letter here.

This week IITP and others in the tech sector met with New Zealand’s TPP negotiators and discussed this and related matters in detail. The negotiators were very open and candid (as much as they could be anyway), and it’s fair to say that, all things being said, we felt a little more positive about the implications of the agreement for the tech sector.

Paul Matthews: So what’s really in the TPP for Tech?

One comment

  1. “We’ve received absolute assurances that nothing in the TPP will impact New Zealand’s current legal and policy position in relation to software patents.” – how binding can that reassurance be? A huge impact if it is wrong or reversed…

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