ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) Joint Committee Meeting

Cairns, Australia
17 June 2013
Hosted By: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) Joint Committee held a  meeting in Cairns, Australia on 17-21 June 2013 to discuss, among other topics, the Regional Patent Examination Training (RPET) program, which uses e-learning technology to enable remote and real-time delivery of training to participants in different countries. The RPET curriculum is based on Australia's existing competency-based patent training program and focuses on search and examination under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. In a section of the meeting devoted to competition law and regulatory settings across nations, NERA Affiliated Academic Dr. Lewis Evans, a professor of economics in the School of Economics and Finance at Victoria University of Wellington, delivered an invited presentation on the latest competition policy developments in New Zealand.

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