Intellectual Property Rights and Preferential Trade Agreements: Data, Concepts and Research Avenues

Elsig, Manfred; Surbeck, Jenny (April 2016). Intellectual Property Rights and Preferential Trade Agreements: Data, Concepts and Research Avenues (NCCR Trade Working Paper Series 2016/02). Bern, Switzerland: World Trade Institute, NCCR Trade Regulation

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Today, more than half of international trade is regulated through preferential trade agreements (PTAs). While in the past, these agreements served as tools to eliminate further tariffs between the parties, today we witness the increasing inclusion of trade-related provisions such as Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) protection, competition clauses or behind-the-border regulation. This paper maps the variation of IPR provisions using three different concepts: the degree of IPR protection, IPR enforcement and multilateral coherence. In addition, it explores who are the main advocates of IPR protection and how successful are their approaches to embed IPR protection in PTAs? This paper presents novel fine grained data which captures the variation in the design of IPRs in 661 PTAs building on the DESTA database (www.designoftradeagreements.org). We review the literature and provide a descriptive look on.the new dataset and outline future research avenues.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Elsig, Manfred and Surbeck, Jenny

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation

Series:

NCCR Trade Working Paper Series

Publisher:

World Trade Institute, NCCR Trade Regulation

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rebecca Anne Gilgen

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2017 16:45

Last Modified:

01 Jun 2017 14:07

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98135

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98135

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