Have Your Say: Consultation: TPP Intellectual Property implementation

Submissions closed at
5pm on Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Consultation document PDF Document 619kb
Submission template Microsoft Word Document 91kb


On 9 March 2016, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced the release of a consultation document that seeks feedback on how the Government proposes to implement the intellectual property changes required to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

The consultation document focusses on those areas where New Zealand has some flexibility in how it implements its TPP intellectual property obligations. These include:

  • a revised regime for the protections of technological protection measures
  • a more extensive regime for performers’ rights
  • patent term extensions to compensate for any unreasonable delays in patent grants
  • patent term extensions to compensate for any unreasonable delay as a result of Medsafe’s marketing approval process
  • new powers for Customs to detain goods that are suspected of infringing copyright or trade marks.