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International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy, Fourth Edition

International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy features a comprehensive introduction to the global system regulating
the field of intellectual property rights, including how the treatment of IP may affect a broad range of social and political interests. 

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Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order

Edited by Frederick M. Abbott, Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law, Florida State University College of Law, US,

Carlos M. Correa, Professor and Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property and Economics (CEIDIE), Law Faculty,

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and

Peter Drahos, Professor, Regulatory Institutions Network, The Australian National University and Chair in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary,

University of London, UK

Description The patent has emerged as a dominant force in 21st century economic policy. This book examines the impact of the BRICS and

other emerging economies on the global patent framework and charts the phenomenal rise in the number of patents in some of these countries.

Contributors include: F.M. Abbott, D. Borges Barbosa, C.M. Correa, P. Drahos, M. El Said, C. Fink, P. Gehl Sampath, K. Karachalios,

R. Kher, J. Kuanpoth, A. Kudlinski, T. Payosova, P. Roffe, S.K. Sell, Y. Tamura, G. Van Overwalle, Y.A. Vawda, H. Zhang, W. Zhuang


Global Pharmaceutical Policy

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Contents: Preface 1. The Challenges we Face 2. Promoting Innovation: Patents, Subsidies, Prizes and Prices 3. Policies on Innovation: Past, Present and Future 4. The Global Regulatory Environment: Quality, Safety and Efficacy 5. Medicines for the Developing World 6. The Use of Medicines: Education, Information and Persuasion 7. Regulation and the Role of the Courts 8. Specialized Policy Areas: Vaccines, Biologicals and Blood Products; Alternative and Traditional Medicines; Self-Medication; Counterfeit Medicines 9. The Rich, the Poor and the Neglected 10. Global and Regional Policies: The Way Ahead Index

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‘There is a strong argument that people throughout the world have a right to receive the medicines they need in an appropriate, affordable, and timely way. Global Pharmaceutical Policy describes the laws, policies, and customs relating to the development and provision of medicines, identifies their strengths and weakness, and then proposes global solutions for getting things better. Here is a masterpiece written in a clear and elegant style. Together, Dukes and Abbott have experience and insight that are unrivalled.’
– Joe Collier, Emeritus Professor of Medicines Policy, St George’s, University of London, UK

Pharmaceuticals play a central role in health care throughout the world. The pharmaceutical industry is beset with difficulties as increasing research and development expenditure yields fewer new treatments. Public and private budgets strain under the weight of high prices and limited access. The world’s poor see little effort to address diseases prevalent in less affluent societies, while the world’s wealthy are overusing prescription drugs, risking their health and wasting resources.

As the global economic crisis exacerbates pressure on health care budgets, a new presidential administration in Washington, DC has committed to broad health care reform. These circumstances form the backdrop for this extraordinarily timely examination of the global system for the development, production, distribution and use of medicines. The authors are acknowledged experts in the fields of pharmaceutical law and policy, with many years experience advising governments, multilateral organizations and policy-makers on issues involving innovation, access and use of medicines. Supported by a team of independent scientists, doctors and lawyers, they take an insightful look at the issues surrounding global regulation of the pharmaceutical sector, and offer pragmatic suggestions for reform.

This book will be of interest to government policy-makers, members of industry, healthcare professionals, teachers, students and lawyers in the fields of public health, intellectual property and international trade.




Resource Book on TRIPS and Development

Frederick M. Abbott and Carlos Correa, Principal Consultants

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"Frederick Abbott (Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor, Florida State University  College of Law) and Carlos M. Correa (Professor, Director of the Masters Programme on Science and Technology Policy and Management, University of Buenos Aires) are the principal consultants and overall advisers of this work."

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"This is conceived as a guide that will provide background and technical information on the main issues under discussion in TRIPS.

It should be a practical tool for negotiators and policymakers in order to facilitate their informed participation in negotiations and decision-making processes."



International Trade and Human Rights
Eds. Frederick M. Abbott, Christine Breining-Kaufman, Thomas Cottier
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International Trade and Human Rights
Foundations and Conceptual Issues (World Trade Forum, Volume 5)(2005)

Frederick M. Abbott, Christine Breining-Kaufmann and Thomas Cottier, Editors
Michelle Foster and Thomas Fischer, Associate Editors 

The World Trade Forum 2001 on Trade and Human Rights addressed the most controversial issues

in the debate on globalization



Presenting a selection of the papers discussed at the World Trade Forum, this volume focuses on a developing area of international law certainto become increasingly important in the years to come, as both scholarship and jurisprudence continue to explore the boundariesof the intersection of the two fields. International Trade and Human Rights addresses the relationship between human rights and international trade from a unique and important interdisciplinary perspective.

The missing link between the international trade regime and human rights has become one of the key concerns of critics of the WTO.

The World Trade Forum 2001 at the World Trade Institute in Berne provided a unique framework for considering the manifold issues relevant to this topic.

This book goes beyond listing the arguments for or against globalization and offers recommendations to the international community for possible reforms to better account for the human rights interests affected by the globalization process.

Frederick M. Abbott is the Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law, Florida State University College of Law.

Christine Breining-Kaufmann is Professor of Law, University of Zurich and Senior Research Fellow and Board Member, World Trade Institute, Berne.

Thomas Cottier is Managing Director of the World Trade Institute and Professor of Law, University of Berne.


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The International Intellectual Property System: Commentary and Materials

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The 1990s will be remembered as an era of prodigious expansion in world trade. Suddenly—for reasons encompassing irresistible new on-line technology,a vastly greater geographic reach, and sheer volume of goods and services—the old intellectual property (IP) laws and protocols long respected by international business became woefully inadequate.

As a result, this masterful introduction to the new global regime of IP law fills an urgent need. Immediately recognized as the landmark work in its field,The International Intellectual Property System gives business lawyerseverywhere the organized materials and expert commentary they need to protect IP rightson a global scale—and provides law students with an authoritative annotated survey of the relevant conventions, treaties, and laws both regional and national, as well as significant court interpretations in various jurisdictions.

The book offers in-depth analysis of:

• current international norms in the fields of patent, copyright, and trademark rights
• national and most favored treatment in the granting of IP rights
• regulation of IP rights in the European Union (EU)
• enforcement under international legal instruments as well as under EU and US laws
• such emerging areas as governance of IP rights on the Internet and in electronic commerce





China in the World Trading System

Defining the Principles of Engagement

Edited by Frederick M. Abbott


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China's constructive integration into the world trade & economic system is of the utmost importance to the people of Asia, to the United States & other OECD countries, & to the international community as a whole.

The Chinese economy of decades past; under the rigid domination of state planners & isolated from the outside world; is substantially transforming to market orientation & openness to trade. The future path of the Chinese economy, now the second largest in the world, will strongly influence the path of economic development in the Asia-Pacific region, & with it the path of the world trading system. This book brings together leading international trade law & economics experts, government officials responsible for the formulation & implementation of trade policy with China,& business executives at firms with significant interests in China, to consider the future of trade policy for & with China.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) stands firmly as the third pillar of the system of international institutions designed to promote a world of peace, financial stability, & economic development. This book focuses on China's prospective accession to the WTO; a step that would commit China to following the rule of law in international trade. The terms of China's accession will provide guideposts for accessions by other former command economy countries, including Russia. Bringing China into the WTO system is vital to the WTO & to the future of world trade. So too is assuring that the accession is accomplished in a way that preserves the open character & rule orientation of the system.

'China's entry into the WTO is a major issue in Sino-Americanrelations. This volume provides a valuable guide to the issues at stake from European & American perspectives & makes several useful policy recommendations. The volume should be read by all interested in China's integration into the international economy.' Michel Oksenberg, Senior Fellow & Professor of Political Science, Asia/Pacific Research Center, Stanford University 


Public Policy and Global Technological Integration

F.M. Abbott & D. J. Gerber eds., Kluwer Law International (1997)

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New technologies are developing at a tremendous pace. They transform global political, economic, and social relations in ways that often present unique challenges to public policymakers who must plan for the future in a landscape subject to the constant changes of global technological integration.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) faces these challenges in the context of regulating world trade, particularly in implementing the agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS). The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) must adapt to the challenges in regulating intellectual property rights and in promoting the development of technological infrastructure.

Governments and international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 
and the European Commission are concerned with the impact of technological integration on global and regional competitive environments. The result: Numerous proposals for protecting the process of competition have emerged. These proposals would consider the rapidly changing nature of the world economy, the key role played by technological integration, and potential concerns raised by the concentration of ownership of technology.

Public Policy and Global Technological Integration examines the relationship between the legal systems governing 
international trade, intellectual property rights, and international competition, and offers ideas about their future.




By Frederick M. Abbott

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The publication of Frederick Abbott's new book could not be more timely. The impact of the NAFTA on the North Americanmarketplace has clearly manifested itself over the past year and the emergence of the World Trade Organization (WTO)as the regulator of global commerce will have a profound influence on the conduct of international trade.


This book provides a comprehensive approach to the study of the NAFTA and its implications for the global trading system. It covers the political and legal process of NAFTA approval as well as the NAFTA's potential economic impact.

Detailed analysis is given to the NAFTA rule systems, dispute settlement mechanisms, and environmental implications.

Perhaps most importantly, this book situates the NAFTA into the broader global multilateral trading system now to be embodied in the WTO. It examines the legal rules of the WTO designed to regulate the activities of regional integration arrangements. It considers the potential for conflictbetween the rules and trade policies of the WTO and those of the NAFTA. This bookmholds a strong appeal for practitioners and academics interested in international economic law.




Edited by Stefan A. Riesenfeld and Frederick M. Abbott


Awarded the 1995 American Society of International Law "Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship"


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This book represents the culmination of a project initiated in 1990 which brought together a distinguished group of judges, scholars and government officials to address the role of parliaments in the making and implementation of international treaty law.


Treaties are increasingly employed to define the rights and obligations of individuals in the field of human rights, to regulate the participation of persons (both individual and corporate) across the broad spectrum of economic activity within and across national boundaries, as well as to control human activity as it impacts on the environment. These are matters which historically were largely within the regulatory competence of national authorities, but now are increasingly the subject of international legislation. But the role of the parliament with respect to the making of international legislation has remained substantially confined within a customary historical model.


For the past several centuries, the national executive has played the principal role in the initiation, negotiation, conclusion and operation of treaties. The parliament's role has been secondary, being largely confined to the approval or rejection of engagements proposed by the executive. Over the past decades there has been a movement in a number of countries toward a more active role for parliament, particularly with respect to demands to provide guidance to the executive. Nevertheless, while the historical distribution of treaty powers may remain appropriate in traditional areas of executive prerogative (for example, in the realm of political relations and national security), one must question the extent to which increased parliamentary participation is adequate in relation to the making of international law by treaty, particularly when the treaty is an instrument with national legislative effects.


This volume is an important and timely resource for those who wish to pursue the question of the actual or desirable role of parliaments in the making and operation of treaties.