Intellectual Property and the Judiciary
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Intellectual Property and the Judiciary

Edited by Christophe Geiger, Craig A. Nard and Xavier Seuba

Intellectual Property and the Judiciary explores the role of the judiciary in the elaboration and interpretation of intellectual property law, exploring how IP doctrine and policy are developed and the manner in which judges construct and apply norms in different court systems. The authors engage in a comparative exploration of various national, European and international judiciaries and appraise the competing and complementary roles of governing bodies. The book offers an examination of both common law and civil law traditions in the context of judicial treatment of intellectual property.
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Chapter 20: Does the WTO Appellate Body ‘make’ IP law?

Daniel Gervais


The chapter considers the role of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body as a judicial body. It first looks at the arguments favoring specialized courts versus general ones, and courts versus legislative bodies. It then considers whether the Appellate Body can be compared to a domestic court, and if so, whether it can be compared to a common law court, and whether it is more similar to a general or specialized court. Three cases involving the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement are discussed. The chapter ends with a few concluding thoughts.

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