Title

Realigning TRIPS-plus negotiations with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Date

7-2021

ISBN

978 1 78990 134 4

Abstract

In December 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which featured 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). These goals were developed at a time when countries were busy negotiating TRIPS-plus bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements. This chapter explores how developing countries could realign TRIPS-plus intellectual property negotiations with the SDGs. It begins by discussing the intersection between these goals and the development of the intellectual property system—at both the domestic and international levels.

The chapter then outlines the direct and indirect impediments that the recent and ongoing negotiations for TRIPS-plus trade agreements have placed on the promotion and fulfilment of the SDGs. These agreements include the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. In view of the potential dangers and complications caused by TRIPS-plus intellectual property negotiations, this chapter concludes by identifying six distinct strategies that developing countries may deploy to ensure greater promotion and fulfilment of the SDGs.

First Page

38

Last Page

62

Num Pages

25

Series

Elgar Intellectual Property and Global Development Series

Publisher

Edward Elgar Publishing

Editor

Ole-Andreas Rognstad & Inger B. Ørstavik

Book Title

Intellectual Property and Sustainable Markets

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