Towards a New IP World Order?
Edited by Gustavo Ghidini, Rudolph J.R. Peritz and Marco Ricolfi
When the TRIPS Agreement was concluded in 1994, it was welcomed by many as the ultimate breakthrough in long-standing efforts to elevate the threshold of international intellectual property (IP) protection. Whereas negotiations under the aegis of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) had proven fruitless for many decades, the recalcitrant attitude assumed by developing and threshold countries towards enhanced standards lost momentum in the harsher climate of trade talks. The declared aim of the Uruguay Round (1986-1994) was to narrow the gaps between IP laws in various parts of the world. Compared to the previous situation in international IP law, TRIPS thus triggered a "giant leap" in the area, entailing an unprecedented intensity of legislative efforts worldwide. However, it soon became obvious that TRIPS did not mark the end of IP history in any relevant regard.
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