The CPTPP has been signed – no United States and “IP Lite”

The “CPTPP”, otherwise known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is what remains of the “TPPA-11” (which was itself, what remained of the  Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) Free Trade Agreement following the withdrawal of the United States).  Earlier today (8 March 2018), in Santiago, Chile, the eleven remaining signatories put pen to paper

The CPTPP places IP in the “too hard basket”

The “CPTPP”, otherwise known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is what remains of the “TPPA-11” (which was itself, what remained of the  Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) Free Trade Agreement following the withdrawal of the United States).  Last month, in Vietnam, the eleven remaining signatories resolved to push forward toward an agreement –

IP implications for New Zealand’s General Election on 23 September 2017

New Zealanders head to the polls on 23 September 2017.  IP is very seldom a kingmaker when it comes to choosing a Government and readers will be unsurprised to learn that it has registered barely a blip on the radar throughout the present campaign.  Notwithstanding, this article briefly considers whether there is likely to be

The curious case of IP and the “TPPA-11”

The “TPPA-11” is what remains of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) Free Trade Agreement following the withdrawal of the United States.  Because the TPP was never ratified prior to US withdrawal, some have termed it the “zombie” TPP.  Despite the absence of the US, there remains a strong resolve amongst the TPPA-11 to realise economic benefits