The Influence of the World Intellectual Property Organization on the European Union

  • Edward Kwakwa
  • Autumn Talbott


For four decades, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and its members have worked to develop an international intellectual property system that protects the public interest while rewarding creativity, stimulating innovation and contributing to economic development. This chapter examines the impact of the relationship between WIPO and the EU on the development of intellectual property norms in the EU. This discussion considers the effects of WIPO’s norm-making activities, over-arching policies and basic practices. In addition, some EU policies and decisions are examined for their reciprocal influences on WIPO practices and norm-making activities. In light of the strong link between the EU and WIPO, the autonomy of the EU has been called into question. By analysing the ongoing impact of WIPO, this chapter endeavours to determine whether the EU can truly be considered an autonomous legal order in matters of intellectual property.


European Union Intellectual Property Legal Order European Union Member State World Intellectual Property Organization 
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© T.M.C. Asser Press and the author(s) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)GenevaSwitzerland

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