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The Global Trade Mark


Edward Lee


Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent College of Law

April 4, 2011

University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 35, 2014
Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-39

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This Article offers a proposal for WTO countries to adopt global IP rights for a special class of trademarks: famous or well-known marks. Well-known marks are well-suited for greater departure from the territoriality principle, given the transnational protections for well-known marks that already exist under the Paris Convention and TRIPS Agreement. This Article proposes creating a Global Trademark (GTM) for well-known marks, to be governed by one, uniform international law. The GTM will span all countries in the WTO. The GTM is inspired, in part, by the Community Trade Mark (CTM) in the European Union, the first truly transnational IP form. While the CTM is regional in scope, the GTM will be international.

This Article proceeds in five Parts. Part I discusses the theory behind the Global Trade Mark (GTM) and why it is worth adopting today. Part II discusses the outlines of the proposed Global Trade Mark Treaty, whose signal feature will be to establish a uniform body of international law to govern the GTM and an International Court of the GTM to resolve conflicts over its interpretation. Part III discusses the two Pathways by which a trademark can be registered as a GTM: (1) international registration of an existing famous mark that is famous in a certain threshold number of countries (here under a proposed Rule of 7 countries, the formula of which is discussed below), or (2) an “intent-to-develop” registration of a mark an owner intends to make famous under the Rule of 7 countries within a prescribed time of 10 years. Part IV discusses enforcement of GTMs in national courts and post-registration issues, including abandonment and genericide. Part V addresses objections.

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Keywords: trademarks, Community Trade Mark, CTM, WTO, TRIPS, Berne, Paris, WIPO, international law

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Date posted: April 9, 2011 ; Last revised: October 30, 2013

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Lee, Edward, The Global Trade Mark (April 4, 2011). University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 35, 2014; Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-39. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1804985 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1804985

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Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent College of Law ( email )
565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
United States

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