This important new book constitutes a serious examination of both the positive potential, as well as the deficiencies, of the TRIPS agreement. In the light of their analysis, the editors and their colleagues make a powerful case for wide ranging reforms.
Intellectual Property (IP) law - particularly in relation to international trade regimes - is increasingly finding itself challenged by rapid developments in the technological and global economic landscapes. In its attempt to maintain a responsive legislative system that is interacting successfully with global trade rules, IP is having to respond to an increasing number of actors on an international level. This book examines the problems associated with this undertaking as well as suggesting possible revisions to the TRIPS agreement that would make it more relevant to the environment in which today's IP mechanisms are operating. The overall aim is to find an adequate response to the `IP balance dilemma'. The theme is pursued throughout various topics, including a look at what this means in relation to the economy in a country like China, and also considering how IP is increasingly having to reconcile itself with human rights issues.
This book will appeal to academics, policy makers and post-graduate students in IP and international trade law, as well as related fields, such as development and human rights.
Edited by Annette Kur, Professor and formerly Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany
Contents: Preface PART I: BACKGROUND 1. The Pendulum Keeps Swinging - Present Discussions on and Around the TRIPS Agreement Marianne Levin 2. Spotlight on China: Piracy, Enforcement, and the Balance Dilemma in Intellectual Property Law Andrea Wechsler 3. The WTO Dispute Settlement System and the Evolution of International IP Law: An Institutional Perspective Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt 4. Assessing the Need for a General Public Interest Exception in the TRIPS Agreement Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan 5. Limitations and Exceptions Under the Three-Step-Test - How Much Room to Walk the Middle Ground? Annette Kur 6. TRIPS and Human Rights Frantzeska Papadopoulou 7. Fire and Water Make Steam - Redefining the Role of Competition Law in TRIPS Jens Schovsbo 8. Enough is Enough - The Notion of Binding Ceilings in International Intellectual Property Protection Annette Kur and Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan 9. Expropriation or Fair Game for All? The Gradual Dismantling of the IP Exclusivity Paradigm Annette Kur and Jens Schovsbo PART II: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO TRIPS Proposed Amended Text (Synopsis) Explanatory Memorandum Index