Intellectual Property and the US Election

With the American election coming to an end, many people have concerns and questions about the candidates’ perspectives on various issues. One issue that should not be overlooked is intellectual property; it is, oddly, an issue where there is some common ground between the candidates. Both Clinton and Trump support withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); the TPP addresses intellectual property. Some argue it protects inventors but critics argue it would implement excessively strict policies. For example, its rules pertaining to user-generated content are much more limiting than current Canadian law. Since the TPP does not allow derogation, the USA might not be able to amend its own intellectual property laws because the TPP is strongly based off American law. It is interesting that whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, intellectual property law might be affected in similar ways.

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