TPP countries to meet over intellectual property in Tokyo

Member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations will hold a working group meeting on intellectual property in Tokyo from Thursday to Monday, the Japanese government said Wednesday.

It will be the first time for Japan to host a meeting on TPP negotiations.

The TPP negotiations on intellectual property, including patent terms for new drugs, have been one of the major sticking points for the 12 member countries.

The negotiating nations are seeking to conclude a deal by the end of this year.

Japan joined the TPP negotiations in July. The other countries involved in the talks are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.