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Globalising Intellectual Property Rights

The TRIPS Agreement, 1st Edition

By Duncan Matthews


220 pages

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In Globalising Intellectual Property Rights, Matthews looks at various aspects of the TRIPS Agreement: agenda-setting, legal interpretation, implementation, enforcement and revision - from the viewpoint of global business interests and developing countries. It is argued that the Agreement was largely the result of an initiative by multinational companies who sought to protect their own intellectual property through international law, and, furthermore, that it is these multinational companies who are now its main guardians. The book concludes that the history of the TRIPS Agreement and the role of business is a clear example of governance by non-state actors on a global scale.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of international relations, intellectual property law, international economic law and development studies.

Table of Contents

1. Origins of the TRIPS Agreement

2. Negotiating The TRIPS Agreement

3. Content of the TRIPS Agreement

4. Implementing The TRIPS Agreement

5. Impact of the TRIPS Agreement On Developing Countries

6. Future of the TRIPS Agreement

About the Author

Duncan Matthews is a Senior Lecturer at the Intellectual Property Research Institute, Queen Mary, University of London. He has written widely on intellectual property rights, environmental policy and the single European market.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (, the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.

Associate Editors:

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK

Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Malaysia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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