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Post‐TRIPS Tensions and Global IP Debates

Carolyn Deere

in The Implementation Game

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550616
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720284 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550616.003.0004
Post‐TRIPS Tensions and Global IP Debates

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Chapter 4 shows how disagreements over the final TRIPS text set the stage for struggles over implementation and the variation that emerged. TRIPS implementation occurred amidst competing efforts of developed and developing countries to alter the TRIPS deal, both by influencing decisions at the national level and by renegotiating the terms of TRIPS. Post‐agreement bargaining on TRIPS, and international IP regulation more broadly, gave rise to an increasingly complex global IP system. Many developing countries became party to additional international IP commitments. With the growing engagement of NGOs, industry, and international organizations such as WIPO and WHO, the scope of global IP debates broadened and external interest in how developing countries implemented particular IP reforms intensified. Amidst the cacophony of voices, two core teams animated global IP debates: a pro‐IP team in favour of swift compliance and TRIPS‐plus protection, and a pro‐development team in favour of tailoring IP regulation to development priorities.

Keywords: post‐agreement; bargaining; global IP debates; WIPO; WHO; NGOs; industry; international organizations; pro‐IP; pro‐development

Chapter.  15705 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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