The Development Agenda at WIPO: Context and Origins
Book chapter in Neil Weinstock Netanel (ed.), The Development Agenda: Global Intellectual Property and Developing Countries, 2008, Oxford University Press, p. 33-50
Posted: 3 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 1, 2008
The Development Agenda is premised on the concerns disseminated worldwide about the adverse effects that might stem from upwardly harmonized, “one size fits all” intellectual property rules. The “Agenda” is a serious attempt to bring these concerns into the purview of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in a cross-cutting and permanent manner, a process that has already taken place in other international organizations. The chapter examines the theoretical and factual underpinnings that led to the proposal for the “WIPO Development Agenda” put forward in 2004 and its subsequent adoption in 2007.
Keywords: WIPO, WTO, patent, copyright, IP, TRIPS, TRIPS-plus, norm-setting, flexibilities
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