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Advanced Introduction to International Intellectual Property

Susy Frankel and Daniel J. Gervais

This authoritative introduction provides a detailed overview of the complexities of the international intellectual property regime and the ways in which it operates. The authors cover the key international institutions and agreements that regulate and inform intellectual property at an international level such as the TRIPS Agreement, WIPO, WTO, the Paris Convention and the Berne Convention.
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Susy Frankel and Daniel J. Gervais


to the international regime of intellectual property, which includes interpretation of international rules at the national level and examples of national laws that illustrate ways in which the international regime can be implemented. This book is written for those readers who already have some knowledge of intellectual property rules and concepts at the national and regional level, though it may also be suitable for those without such knowledge.

Our aim is to provide a thorough overview in a short book. For those wanting more detail on a particular subject, this book can be used in tandem with other books which are more detailed on specific subjects. Books dealing with only one of the many topics we cover, such as the history of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or one of the many multilateral treaties, agreements and conventions, are often hundreds of pages long. This book provides an overview of the fundamentals of international intellectual property and the most important points in its current evolution. Where we felt it was appropriate without overwhelming the text or footnotes, we also point to sources containing more detailed information.

This Advanced Introduction examines the principal intellectual property instruments, their history and context, as well as the main institutions that administer them.4

The functions of international intellectual property agreements vary from agreement to agreement; however, each one seeks to promote norms that can be grouped into three categories:

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