Enforcement, Economics and Estimates

WIPO Journal, Vol. 2, pp. 1-19, 2010

Drake University Law School Research Paper No. 11-27

20 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2010 Last revised: 9 Nov 2011

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Peter K. Yu

Texas A&M University School of Law

Date Written: November 8, 2011


This article focuses on intellectual property enforcement, a topic that is of great importance to both developed and less developed countries. It begins by refuting the simple, and often politically motivated, claim that many countries fail to provide effective intellectual property enforcement by virtue of their lack of political will. Drawing on the latest economic literature, this article shows that high enforcement standards come with a hefty price tag and difficult trade-offs.

The article then outlines the challenges in measuring the cross-border economic impact of piracy and counterfeiting. As an illustration, the article discusses the ongoing effort by the US International Trade Commission to measure the economic impact of intellectual property infringement in China on the US economy.

The article concludes with an analysis of the various metrics that can be or have been used to develop cross-country comparative analyses. It highlights the continuous disagreement across nations over what metrics should be used. It also suggests new areas researchers can explore in their continuous search for a set of mutually satisfactory metrics that advance the international intellectual property enforcement debate.

Suggested Citation

Yu, Peter K., Enforcement, Economics and Estimates (November 8, 2011). WIPO Journal, Vol. 2, pp. 1-19, 2010, Drake University Law School Research Paper No. 11-27, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711184

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