Multilateralism v Bilateralism: What’s in it for international IP regulation?

A diversity of cats all looking out for global IPRsFrom the TPP to the CTPPThe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (in the post-US withdrawal era called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)) continues to be an important plurilateral trade agreement (with substantial and extensive IP provisions) even in the post-US withdrawal era. The remaining parties (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) agreed in November 2017 to suspend a number of provisions of the TPP text among which also such that concern IP. The negotiations continue and their final outcome is yet uncertain.But what did TPP say about IP?Well, to answer this question one should start by answering what did TPP say about anything? The TPP was – if not anything else – a unique specimen of treaty drafting. The Agreement’s 30 chapters regulated a wide range of trade-related issues, with IP being one of…

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