ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (IP provisions)


Agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-Newzealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) started negotiating in 2005 and came in force for all countries in 2012. The AANZFTA is the first comprehensive FTA signed by ASEAN. Issues on Intellectual property right are defined in Chapter 13 including 12 articles. This chapter regulates intellectual property rights composed of copyright and related rights; rights in trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs, patents, and layout-designs (topographies) of integrated circuits; rights in plant varieties; and rights in undisclosed information; as referred to in the TRIPS Agreement. Moreover, this chapter defines basic regulations National Treatment, transparency etc. All the rights and obligations are affirmed bye parties under the TRIPS Agreement.

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