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The U.S. Proposal for an Intellectual Property Chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement


Sean M. Flynn


American University - Washington College of Law; Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Brook K. Baker


Northeastern University - School of Law

Margot E. Kaminski


Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law; Yale University - Yale Information Society Project; Yale University - Law School

Jimmy Koo


American University - Washington College of Law

December 4, 2012

American University International Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 105-202, 2013
Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 133-2013

Abstract:     
This article takes advantage of the breach in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation’s secrecy to contribute to a new and growing collection of published scholarship on leaked proposals for international intellectual property agreements as they are being negotiated. We begin with the general provisions of the agreement, which define its relationship to the multilateral system. We then progress to analysis of some of the most important copyright, patent and data protection, and enforcement sections of the proposal, before providing some concluding observations. Our ultimate conclusion is that the U.S. proposal, if adopted, would upset the current international framework balancing the interests of rights holders and the public. It would heighten standards of protection for rights holders well beyond that which the best available evidence or inclusive democratic processes support. It contains insufficient balancing provisions for users, consumers, and the public interest.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 98

Keywords: intellectual property, public interest, trans-pacific partnership, world intellectual property organization, anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, ACTA, WIPO, TPP, international law, international trade

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Date posted: December 5, 2012 ; Last revised: March 25, 2013

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Flynn, Sean M. and Baker, Brook K. and Kaminski, Margot E. and Koo, Jimmy, The U.S. Proposal for an Intellectual Property Chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (December 4, 2012). American University International Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 105-202, 2013; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 133-2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2185402 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2185402

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Sean M. Flynn (Contact Author)
American University - Washington College of Law ( email )
4801 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
United States
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
4801 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
United States
Brook K. Baker
Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )
400 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Margot E. Kaminski
Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
Yale University - Yale Information Society Project ( email )
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States
Yale University - Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States
Jimmy Koo
American University - Washington College of Law ( email )
4801 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
United States
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