Globalising Intellectual Property Rights

The TRIPS Agreement

By Duncan Matthews

© 2006 – Routledge

220 pages

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About the Book

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/Warwick Studies in Globalisation

What is globalisation and does it matter? How can we measure it? What are its policy implications? The Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick is an international site for the study of key questions such as these in the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. Its agenda is avowedly interdisciplinary. The work of the Centre will be showcased in this new series.

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