IP, Bilateral Agreements & Sustainable Development: The Challenges of Implementation (CIEL)

By Pedro Roffe. This paper is the first in a series of papers on strategies for challenging, negotiating and implementing IP provisions in free trade agreements with the US. This paper examines the development of strategies for developing country officials, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders with respect to the implementation of intellectual property provisions in bilateral and regional free trade agreements. In particular, the paper aims to raise awareness of the continuing pressure for higher intellectual property protection during the implementation and annual review of bilateral trade agreements, as well as to outline the opportunities created by the diverse options for implementation to “claw back” policy space.

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