The Making of the TRIPS


Taubman and WatalThe Making of the TRIPS Agreement presents for the first time the diverse personal accounts of the negotiators of this unique trade agreement. Their contributions illustrate how different policy perspectives and trade interests were accommodated in the final text, and map the shifting alliances that transcended conventional boundaries between developed and developing countries.

Contributors share their views on how intellectual property fitted into the overall Uruguay Round, the political and economic considerations driving TRIPS negotiations, the role of non-state actors, the sources of the substantive and procedural standards that were built into the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, and future issues in the area of intellectual property.

They take a close look at such issues as copyright for software, patents on medicines and the appropriate scope of protection of geographical indications. In probing how negotiations led to an enduring agreement that has served as a framework for policy-making in many countries, the contributions offer lessons for current and future negotiators (publisher’s presentation).

* Antony Taubman and Jayashree Watal (eds.), The Making of the TRIPS Agreement – Personal insights from the Uruguay Round negotiations, World Trade Organization, 2015.