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A Handbook on the WTO TRIPS Agreement

  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107625297


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  • This handbook describes the historical and legal background to the TRIPS Agreement, its role in the WTO and its institutional framework and reviews the following areas: general provisions and basic principles; copyright and related rights; trademarks; geographical indications; patents; industrial designs, layout-designs, undisclosed information and anti-competitive practices; enforcement of IPRs; dispute settlement in the context of the TRIPS Agreement; TRIPS and public health; and current TRIPS issues. It contains a guide to TRIPS notifications by WTO members and describes how to access and make use of the official documentation relating to the TRIPS Agreement and related issues. Furthermore, it includes the legal texts of the TRIPS Agreement and the relevant provisions of the WIPO conventions referred to in it, as well as subsequent relevant WTO instruments.

    • Non-technical explanation of each section of the TRIPS Agreement, as well as later instruments and current policy issues, provides the reader with a clear understanding of the key provisions, their background and relevant developments
    • Detailed analysis of and commentary on the later instruments pertaining to public health that were adopted in the WTO ensures that the reader is aware of the main changes that took place post-1995 in the context of public health
    • Provides an overview of the institutional framework within the WTO that administers the TRIPS Agreement and describes some of the experience in analysing and interpreting it in the context of the WTO dispute settlement system, thereby enabling the reader to understand the TRIPS Agreement as part of the broader WTO trading regime and its institutional framework
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107625297
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to the TRIPS Agreement
    2. Copyright and related rights
    3. Trademarks
    4. Geographical indications
    5. Patents
    6. Industrial designs, layout-designs of integrated circuits, undisclosed information, anti-competitive practices
    7. Enforcement
    8. Dispute prevention and settlement
    9. TRIPS and public health
    10. Current TRIPS issues
    Appendix 1. Guide to TRIPS notifications
    Appendix 2. Guide to TRIPS documents
    Annex 1. Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) 1994
    Annex 2. Provisions of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (1967) referred to in the TRIPS Agreement
    Annex 3. Provisions of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1971) referred to in the TRIPS Agreement
    Annex 4. Provisions of the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations (The Rome Convention) (1961) referred to in the TRIPS Agreement
    Annex 5. Provisions of the Treaty on Intellectual Property in Respect of Integrated Circuits (1989) referred to in the TRIPS Agreement
    Annex 6. Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health (2001)
    Annex 7. Decision on Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health (2003)
    Annex 8. Decision on Amendment of the TRIPS Agreement (2005)
    Annex 9. Decision on Extension of the Transition Period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least-Developed Country Members for Certain Obligations with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products (2002)
    Annex 10. Decision on Extension of the Transition Period under Article 66.1 for Least-Developed Country Members (2005).

  • Editors

    Antony Taubman, World Trade Organization
    Antony Taubman is Director of the Intellectual Property Division of the WTO Secretariat.

    Hannu Wager, World Trade Organization
    Hannu Wager is a senior officer in the Intellectual Property Division of the WTO Secretariat.

    Jayashree Watal, World Trade Organization
    Jayashree Watal is a senior officer in the Intellectual Property Division of the WTO Secretariat.

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