(David Stewart – Allens, Linklaters LLP)
Over the course of the last 12 months or so, the long-mooted Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) has periodically occupied the pages of the major Australian media outlets, with articles covering all sorts of issues, from concerns about the impact on public healthcare, to the serious lack of public transparency regarding negotiations between the parties and, finally, the apparently more serious (if that can be measured by the number of articles written) impact on Australians’ “fundamental human right” to (illegally) download the latest episodes of Game of Thrones, House of Cards and/or [insert your favourite TV show here].
So what is the TPP, and why might it stop you 29% of Australians aged 18 to 64 from downloading their favourite TV shows and movies? Well, since the TPP provides so much juicy material for IP lawyers, we’re going to cover these questions, and others, in two parts. In the remainder of this post, we’ll discuss the background to the TPP, and some key developments in the patents space. You’ll have to wait for a second post, to be released shortly, to find out whether it’s the end of the (illegal downloading) world as we know it, and, to paraphrase R.E.M., whether you’ll feel fine. Click here to read more.