Negotiators on a secret trade treaty, which includes controversial intellectual property proposals, could not meet their year-end deadline for an agreement this week at Singapore.
The 12 countries will now meet next month, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
The intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, being negotiated by 12 countries, apparently has controversial proposals that would increase the term of patents and copyright, reduce requirements for patentability and increase damages for infringements of patents and copyrights.
Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks released last month a draft of the intellectual property rights chapter of the TPP. The talks have been conducted in secrecy by the governments and may be made public only after the agreement is signed, according to reports.