It looks like intellectual property is the focus of another treaty negotiation affecting NZ.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an existing free trade agreement (FTA) between NZ, Singapore, Brunei and Chile signed in 2005. It allows for more countries to join and the USA, Australia, Vietnam and Peru have all indicated that they are interested. Substantive negotiations began in March.
There are claims mounting that the USA wants to reframe the agreement around IP protection on behalf of its content industries and limited concessions in all other areas.
The concern is that it’s not about a meeting of mutual interests but a game of how much wiggle room can be found on the edge of the US demands.
I’ll keeping an eye on it and happy for more information or different views.