Intellectual Property Rights and the WTO: Innovation Dynamics, Commercial Copyrights and International Governance

Ilmenau Economics Discussion Papers, Vol. 17, No. 71

27 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2012 Last revised: 18 Oct 2012

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Oliver Budzinski

Ilmenau University of Technology

Katalin Monostori

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Environmental and Business Economics

Date Written: April 20, 2012

Abstract

In the context of the WTO, intellectual property rights (IPR) are codified in the TRIPS-agreement. While covering all the different types of IPR, landmark cases of the still young history of TRIPS have dealt with commercial copyrights. This paper summarizes the basic economics of the IPR branch commercial copyrights, reviews the TRIPS history and analyses two TRIPS landmark cases – China-IPR and US-copyrights – from an economic perspective. Eventually, the paper outlines new challenges for the international governance of IPR in the WTO context emerging from digital media. Against an economic background, the re-emergence of unilateral strategies to enforce cross-border commercial copyrights is met with skepticism against.

Keywords: intellectual property rights, TRIPS, world trade, commercial copyrights, media economics, innovation

JEL Classification: O34, F02, F13, L82, D02, B52

Suggested Citation

Budzinski, Oliver and Monostori, Katalin, Intellectual Property Rights and the WTO: Innovation Dynamics, Commercial Copyrights and International Governance (April 20, 2012). Ilmenau Economics Discussion Papers, Vol. 17, No. 71. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2043045 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2043045

Oliver Budzinski (Contact Author)

Ilmenau University of Technology ( email )

Ilmenau, D-98684
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.tu-ilmenau.de/wth

Katalin Monostori

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Environmental and Business Economics ( email )

DK-5230 Odense
Denmark

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