This article applies the Max Planck Principles on Intellectual Property Provisions in Bilateral and Regional Agreements to several recently established or still-being-negotiated international lawmaking instruments. It identifies recent, fundamental changes and overarching patterns in the evolution in the procedures, institutions, and substantive outcomes of international intellectual property lawmaking. Specific analysis is provided of the Principles’ potential application to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Pan-African Intellectual Property Organization (PAIPO), and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (VIP Treaty). The article concludes that the Principles and other best practice guidelines for international intellectual property lawmaking can be usefully applied beyond orthodox bilateral and regional trade agreements. By adhering to the Principles, international lawmakers can help make the global knowledge governance system more transparent, participatory, legitimate, and effective.
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The author gratefully acknowledges the research funding provided by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO), the research assistance of Phillip Holdsworth and Megan Martins, and feedback from Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan, Reto Hilty, Josef Drexl, and other participants at a 2012 workshop hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, delegates at the 32nd Annual Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, the IIC editorial staff, and two anonymous peer reviewers.
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de Beer, J. Applying Best Practice Principles to International Intellectual Property Lawmaking. IIC 44, 884–901 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40319-013-0133-3
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